Obama’s vacation home was illegal

The vacation home the Obamas rented during his recent vacation was afoul of an idiotic Honolulu law:

President Barack Obama’s two-week stay at his Hawaii Winter White House was illegal under a long-standing Honolulu ban on short-term rentals.

Obama did not break the law by staying at the house, but the property owner who rented his house to the Obamas does not have the permit that would allow a stay of fewer than 30 days.

The article went on to explain that it is somehow still illegal even if one rents the house for a full 30 days and leaves early, which doesn’t make one whit of sense.

Apparently, this was an idiotic effort to combat wild spring-break parties. Why they didn’t just address the problem directly with a noise ordinance, instead of suppressing commerce, I can’t say for sure. But I would not be at all surprised to learn that the law was supported by the same people who now possess short-term rental permits.

(Via Hot Air.)

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