December 31, 2009|Cynthia Saylor|Legislative Updates: Hawaii County, Legislative Updates: State of Hawaii
Here's a quick recap of three pieces of real-estate related state legislation passed in 2009 that impact our Hawaii community:
Solar Water Heater Law: Hawaii has become the first state in the nation to require the installation of solar water heating systems on new single-family homes, as of January 1, 2010. There are exceptions. Read more about the solar power legislation.
The Clothesline Act: This law prohibits any outright ban on outdoor clotheslines for single-family home owners and townhouse owners. The purpose of the law is to reduce energy use and dependence on motorized clothes dryers. Governor Linda Lingle vetoed a similar bill in 2008, but noted that the act that passed this year does allow homeowners associations to enforce reasonable restrictions on the placement of clotheslines. Read Governor Lingle's statement to the Senate regarding Act 192.
Transient Accommodations Tax: A 1% increase... Read More
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