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.

Glenn Weinberg, the owner of the Kailua estate, told Civil Beat that it was legal for him to rent to the president for a short stay because he kept the home empty for the rest of the 30-day period. However his is a common misconception about Honolulu law.

“I don’t see any non-homeowner certificate that allows them to do short-term rentals,” Mike Friedel of the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting’s Code Compliance branch told Civil Beat. “If they’re doing short-term rentals, it’s illegal.”

The so-called Winter White House is not listed in the most recent database of properties allowed for short-term rental use.

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