On Jun 25, 2019, Governor Ige signed Act 114 that makes all false statements in written, printed, electronic, or oral form, to a state investigator or a county inspector during an investigation into compliance with any state law, rule, or regulation or any county ordinance, rule, or regulation a State violation. (Haw. Rev. Stat. §710-1063.)
The violation is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. (Haw. Rev. Stat. § 706-640, §706-663.).
The new law will apply to guests, property owners, and Realtors who lie to the Department of Planning & Permitting (DPP) inspectors during illegal vacation rental investigations.
It was a common practice for illegal vacation rental owners and property managers to tell their guests to lie to DPP inspectors and claim they were “non-paying” friends or family visiting Hawaii.
Realtors will not only face stiff fines and sentences but will certainly lose their Real Estate and Brokers licenses as well.
We thank the Governor and the State Legislature for passing this important new law that will help us regain our residential neighborhoods!