Officials advance higher penalty on illegal vacation rentals

Updated: Jun. 7, 2018 at 4:49 AM HST
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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Maui committee has approved a charter amendment that would increase the penalty for illegal vacation rentals to $20,000.

The Maui News reports the Maui County Council committee voted Tuesday in favor of the measure that increases the fine for illegal transient accommodations and tacks on $10,000 for each day the unlawful operation continues.

The maximum penalty for operating an illegal transient accommodation, which includes short-term rental homes and bed-and-breakfast establishments operating without permits, is currently $1,000.

With the Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee's approval, the amendment will be forwarded to the full council. The council will decide whether to bring the measure before voters.

The amendment would go into effect in January if voters approve it.

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