HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

457

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2013

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO ACT 326, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2012, REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Act 326, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, is amended by amending section 2 to read as follows:

"SECTION 2. Chapter 237D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"237D- Local contact; relevant information; advertisements; transient accommodations. (a) Any operator [of a transient accommodation] shall designate a local contact [residing on the same island where the transient accommodation is located]. The local contact shall be any one or more of the following:

(1) A family member domiciled on the same island where the transient accommodation is located;

(2) A local financial partner that has a principal place of business on the same island where the transient accommodation is located; or

(3) A licensed real estate broker or salesperson whose principal place of business is on the same island where the transient accommodation is located.

(b) The operator shall furnish [the] relevant information and the name, address, and contact information of the local contact to any association of homeowners, community association, condominium association, cooperative, or any other nongovernmental entity with covenants, bylaws, and administrative provisions with which the operator's compliance is required for the property where the transient accommodation is located. The operator shall notify and provide updated information to that association or nongovernmental entity within sixty calendar days of any change in the relevant information or the name, address, and contact information of the local contact.

Any person or entity who wilfully fails to supply information required under this subsection shall [be subject to the penalties under section 231-35; provided that a person or entity shall not be subject to any term of imprisonment or probation under section 231-35.] pay a civil penalty of $1,000; provided that the penalty shall be imposed no more than once per year.

(c) Any nongovernmental entity with covenants, bylaws, and administrative provisions which is formed pursuant to chapter 514A, 514B, or 421J, shall provide the department with all relevant information[,] received from operators and the name, address, and contact information of local contacts designated by operators and maintained in its records[, related to all operators who may be leasing their property as transient accommodations] by December 31 of each year, or within sixty calendar days of any change in the relevant information, operation, or ownership of the transient accommodation[.]; provided that a nongovernmental entity's duty to report under this section shall be limited to relevant information and the name, address, and contact information of local contacts, if any, received from operators. Any person or entity who wilfully fails to supply information required under this subsection shall [be subject to the penalties under section 231-35; provided that a person or entity shall not be subject to any term of imprisonment or probation under section 231-35.] pay a civil penalty of $1,000; provided that the penalty shall be imposed no more than once per year.

(d) Each county shall provide the department with information necessary to enforce this section. Notwithstanding any provision of title 14 to the contrary, the department shall provide the counties with information necessary for the enforcement of county real property tax laws.

(e) The name and phone number of the local contact for each transient accommodation shall be included in any transient accommodation contract or written rental agreement and shall be prominently posted in the transient accommodation. The local contact shall reside or have a principal place of business on the same island as the transient accommodation, and shall meet all other requirements under subsection (a). Any person or entity who wilfully fails to supply information required under this subsection shall [be subject to the penalties under section 231-35; provided that a person or entity shall not be subject to any term of imprisonment or probation under section 231-35.] pay a civil penalty of $1,000; provided that the penalty shall be imposed no more than once per year.

(f) The registration identification number issued pursuant to section 237D-4 shall be provided on a website or by online link and displayed in all advertisements and solicitations on websites regarding transient accommodations for which the registration number is issued.

(g) The payment of any penalty assessed under this section against an operator shall be in addition to the requirements under section 237D-9.

(h) For the purposes of this section:

"Local contact" means an individual or company contracted by the operator [of the transient accommodation] to provide services required by this section. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to create an employer-employee relationship between an operator and its local contact.

"Relevant information" means the operator's name, address, contact information, registration identification number issued pursuant to section 237D-4, and website address if advertising or soliciting the transient accommodation on the Internet."

SECTION 2. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2112.



 

Report Title:

Transient Accommodations; Operators; Relevant Information

 

Description:

Requires any operator of a transient accommodation to furnish "relevant information" concerning the operator. Modifies the duties of nongovernment entities regarding "relevant information" pertaining to operators of transient accommodations. Effective 7/1/2112. (HB457 HD1).

 

 

 

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