Kauai County has reached an agreement with both Airbnb and Vrbo that only legal vacation rentals will get listed on their platforms. This partnership will help the county better regulate vacation rentals.
Any Kauai vacation rental listing without a valid Tax Map Key (TMK) will be removed from the two travel platforms. Honolulu Civil Beat reported that Airbnb and Vrbo also will provide the county with monthly reports about the properties they list.
A government-issued TMK number will indicate that the rental is a legal, county-permitted property. The TMK number will have to be on the property listing. Properties already on the platform will have 60 days to provide a TMK number or they will be delisted.
Kauai has designated ‘visitor destination areas’ that short term rentals can operate, which includes Princeville and parts of Kapaa and Poipu.
According to Expedia Group Vice President for Government Affairs Amanda Pedigo, “The county will be able to see that number and associate it with a location on the island. The county can then understand if that home is operating in a permitted zone or not. It’s really great to work together to help the mayor stay in compliant and enforce his law. But also make sure homeowners on the island can continue to offer this service legal vacation homes.”