Hawaii vs. online vacation rental markets

by Walter Olson on November 16, 2012

Protectionism for real estate agents [Coyote]:

In legislation that reminds me of stuff from the 1990s when businesses tried to fight Internet-driven disintermediation, Hawaii is proposing to force non-Hawaiians to use a local broker to list their rental properties. Apparently local residents can still list their properties on low-cost Internet sites, but folks on the mainland (also known as “the United States”) must use a high-cost locally licensed broker, who typically charge 50% of rental fees as a commission. … Only by structuring this law to apply to those annoying out-of-staters could it ever be passed.

{ 2 comments }

1 No Name Guy 11.19.12 at 2:56 pm

“Only by structuring this law to apply to those annoying out-of-staters could it ever be passed.”

Uhhhh….what about equal protection under the law?

2 M. Sean Fosmire 11.20.12 at 11:45 pm

I remember reading this somewhere:

“The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states.”

Ah, yes, there it is. Article IV, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. And this is the original P&I clause, not the new one added in the 14th Amendment. This one still works.

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