HONOLULU (KHON2) — As part of a new agreement with Maui County to promote responsible lodging, Airbnb recently removed more than 1,300 listings in accordance with local laws.
This is the first enforcement action taken by the company after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in July which allows the county to better enforce its rules in the short term. The agreement is similar to those signed with Kauai and Honolulu in 2020.
Under the new agreement, Airbnb hosts must enter two items on their listing: their county-issued Tax Card Key (TMK) number and the state-issued Transitional Lodging Tax License (TAT) number.
This applies to hosts offering a bed and breakfast (B&B), short-term rental home, or other temporary vacation rental for stays of less than 180 days on Airbnb. They are required to provide TMK and TAT numbers to continue hosting on the platform.
According to Airbnb, it shares a monthly report with the county that includes each ad’s URL and corresponding TMK numbers. Hosts who do not provide their numbers or enter invalid numbers are subject to removal. They are only allowed to relist once they have provided the information.
A recent report from Airbnb said the typical American host earned more than $8,000 from January to September 2021. Since 2010, hosts in Hawaii have earned approximately $2 billion in total.
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