Kauai Real Estate, County of Kauai Sues Vacation Rental Homeowner

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Kauai Real Estate Update 

The island is so busy!!!  I’ve been doing some Open Houses and the amount of traffic has been huge.  The rain has been off and on this whole week, in between some showings on Saturday I took a break and walked down to check out the beach and it was deliciously busy with people throughly enjoying themselves.  Then it was back to work!  To find out the Just Listed, Sold and properties that went into Escrow for last week on the island click here: Kauai Real Estate Update Feb. 11 to 18

Poipu Beach Real Estate- for a complete market update since January 1 of this year on the fee simple properties in Poipu Beach click here: Poipu Beach Real Estate Current Market Analysis

Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate-  Unit #237 In Escrow!  After being on the market for just 1 week this listing went under contract.  My Kiahuna Plantation page has been updated and you can access that by clicking here: Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis

County Of Kauai Sues Vacation Rental Homeowner
The County of Kauai conducted a sting operation to trap a homeowner that was illegally vacation renting out his home. After several warnings that spanned over 18 months, the County had enough.
To vacation rent out your property you need to be in the Visitor Destination Area or have an exemption from the County that you need to renew every year.  The owner of a home on the Wailua River did not fit into either one of these categories.
Just like people looking for vacation rentals online the County can, and does, too.  When they found the owner of the Wailua home advertising in June of 2017 they ordered a “cease and desist” letter.  Two months later they issued a second one with a $10,000 fine.  The owners appealed the fine and in 2018 the hearing officer upheld the fine and issued an additional $120,000 in fines due to their “blatant disregard” of the rules.  The owners did not pay the fine and continued to rent their home.

The County in turn conducted a sting operation.  They first verified the address, then verified that it matched an online ad for the homes rental.  Next a Kauai County inspector, using an alias, booked a stay off the ad with the owners for an 8 night stay at $6,700.  Having their evidence and timeline in place they filed a civil claim against the owners last Friday for $130,000.

Change is in the air as evidenced by a statement on this lawsuit mad by our Mayor Derek Kawakami:   “When illegal TVR operators blatantly break the law, they disrespect our community, our people, and our island.  It is the responsibility of the County of Kauai to aggressively monitor and enforce the law, and the Planning Department will be utilizing new technology and innovative methods to identify illegal TVR operators. The time is now for our community to take back their neighborhoods.”

Uber and Lyft Airport Pickup Disruption
As of February 1, 2019 Uber and Lyft are now able to do pick ups at Lihue airport and this is causing considerable grief for our taxi drivers.  Since the first of this month their pick up requests have been cut in half, so much so that some say they are in danger of losing their livelihood.

The fix that Taxi Drivers are purposing is to put them at the curb, right now they are required to wait in a separate lot away from the airport.

But one taxi driver is trying to turn this into a positive by getting the other taxi drivers to offer their services on TagMyTaxi app, an application similar to Lyft and Ubers.  Where the taxis do better than Lyft and Uber is many of them have vans and can accommodate a family of four with a huge amount of luggage.  Lyft and Uber can as well but at a price that is higher and the same, if not more, than taxis.

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Photos Courtesy of KOHN 2 News

Car Slams Into Tip Top Café in Lihue 
On Friday afternoon a pick up truck was turning into a stall in front of the Tip Top Café and the truck never stopped, it just kept going right through the building. Good news is this happened at 4 p.m. when the restaurant was closed otherwise the booths that got ran into would have been filled with people.

The driver; a 56 year old Omao woman was not injured.  She was helped out of her truck by the police and no arrest was made but the incident is being investigated.

The Tip Top Café was closed on Friday and Saturday but opened back up on Sunday.

Wai Koa Loop Trail Officially Preserved
The non-profit Hawaiian Islands Land Trust stepped in and will be protecting the land that is known as the “Stone Dam and Wai Koa Loop Trial” which is in Kilauea on the North Shore of Kauai.

The path has been closed due to some recent storm activity but will reopen this week. However the “Stone Dam” section of the trail was severely damaged due to last Aprils floods, that portion of the trail will not open until next year.
The 4.5 mile trail offers striking views of the Namahana Mountains and the Kilauea Forest.  For information on this trail click here:  Wai Koa Loop Trail Information

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