Honolulu hit with lawsuit over enforcement of rental units

Honolulu hit with lawsuit over enforcement of rental units

HONOLULU (AP) - A group that advocates for the vacation rental industry has filed a lawsuit against the city of Honolulu for the way it enforces its bans on certain bed-and-breakfasts and transient vacation rental units.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Kokua Coalition, which does business as Hawaii Vacation Rental Owners Association, filed the suit Monday in U.S. District Court.

The coalition alleges city ordinances regarding enforcement of the bans are unconstitutional because they force property owners to prove they are not violating any laws, rather than require the city to prove they did.

The suit also accuses Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting employees of trespassing during investigations into alleged zoning violations.

The city declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

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