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Honolulu adds inspectors for vacation rental enforcement

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HONOLULU (AP) - Newly-hired inspectors are enforcing vacation rental rules in Honolulu, using complaints and online resources to investigate illegal operators.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1QyF6iE) two full-time and three part-time inspectors have been in the field since January. They issued a dozen citations over the course of about three weeks.

In 2015, there were 37 violations.

One official says inspectors are not only responding to complaints, but being proactive in using websites to find violators.

The coming budget is expected to fund four full-time, permanent inspectors.

Estimates put the number of illegal vacation rentals on Oahu between 4,000 and 5,000.

At an informational meeting Thursday, one resident questioned whether Honolulu can actually shut down thousands of illegal short-term rental properties.

Another resident was concerned that inspectors understand and enforce rules differently.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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