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Hawaii County weighs ways to curb transient vacation rentals

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County officials are considering legislation regarding transient vacation rentals, or TVRs, which have been the center of complaints issued by Big Island residents and companies that manage property.

West Hawaii Today reports that Kona Realtor Gretchen Osgood says the problem with the short-term rentals is that many owners who are renting out their properties are joining forces with big vacation-rental networks that don't abide by state law.

Hawaii law requires absent owners to use an on-island property manager and have an on-island contact to collect certain taxes.

Local governments of Oahu and Kauai have tried tackling the issue of TVRs, but most of the authority is held by the state.

The Hawaii County Council is considering a resolution in support of local control.

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