Hawaii court to consider rental law restraining order

HONOLULU — A federal judge is expected to consider a restraining order seeking to stop Honolulu from enforcing a new vacation rental ordinance.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that a U.S. District Court judge is scheduled to hear the case Aug. 15.The Hawaii Vacation Rental Owners Association says it reached a previous settlement agreement with the city that is being violated.The ordinance that went into effect Thursday bans renting or advertising unpermitted short-term rental units outside a resort district.The law also increases fines for renting or advertising the units from $1,000 per day to a maximum of $10,000 per day.The city says house or apartment rentals for less than 30 days must meet specific conditions to become legal.City officials would not comment on the ongoing litigation.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Press