Darla

About Darla Ellingson

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Darla Ellingson has created 129 blog entries.

The Benefits of a Good HOA Maintenance Plan

The exterior of an association property or neighborhood gives people their first impression. Pleasing, well-maintained grounds and common areas are a sign that a property is probably well taken care of overall. With the increasing popularity of an internet “drive by,” curb appeal has become even more important making people want to “stop” and browse a property’s amenities, and imagine themselves living there. Paying attention to the exterior of a property is one of the most important roles of th [...]

4 Ways to Avoid HOA Conflicts of Interest

As a fiduciary in a community association, each board member is expected to act in the best interests of all residents, and act responsibly in carrying out their duties. This protects both the association and board. However, if they do not fulfill their fiduciary obligations to the association, such as not disclosing a conflict of interest regarding a board action, they will be held accountable for their actions. Fiduciary Protections By adhering to fiduciary duties, HOA board members are protec [...]

Construction in an HOA Unit: Think About a Pre-construction Meeting

Ultimately every unit in an HOA development will be remodeled or have construction work at some point. It is a good idea for both the association and the homeowner to a pre-construction meeting to ensure everyone who will be affected is informed and that the project will move along smoothly. What is a preconstruction meeting? Generally speaking, a pre-construction meeting helps assure a smooth transition from design and proposal to construction. It should be held after an owner has notified thei [...]

2021 HOA Legislation and Policy Review

We often turn to our membership in the Community Association Institute (CAI) in order to stay abreast of legislation and policy trends related to HOAs, both nationally as well as relevant news from the Hawaii Chapter. 2021 was a big year! We are providing this year in review so that our community associations can check in on national activities and trends that can affect HOAs everywhere. Here is CAI's top ten posts from 2021. Happy New Year! CAI Releases Public Policy Recommendations to Improve [...]

Waiver of Subrogation Explained

Often, you will hear the term subrogation when dealing with association vendors and their workers’ compensation policies. If a painting contractor trips while working on your property, who will pay for his injury? Would your general liability policy cover him since he was hurt on your property, the painting company’s workers’ compensation policy because the painter was injured while working, or both policies? When there is an accident on property, a third party, such as an insurance company, cou [...]

Does Your HOA Have Holiday Decor Rules?

The holidays are officially upon us. Does your association have rules on visible décor and lighting? Rulemaking can be a quandary. If you allow displays for some, you have to allow for all. Or the other option, none. Either way can be challenging. Fortunately the Community Associations Institute has developed sample holiday and religious display guidelines that are easy for residents to follow and simple to enforce. Here are a few of CAI’s tips. Board Members Ask residents whether they believe y [...]

Different Types of Community Associations in Hawaii

Think of your community association as a small town that offers services to owners and residents. Owners become members when they purchase their unit and have obligations to the association. Leaders are elected to govern on issues in the best interests of the members, collect assessments, and maintain shared spaces. Association officials are tasked with managing the property and must be fiscally responsible with fees collected from members. All associations have similar documents and requirement [...]

Should You Upgrade Your Vacation Rental Condo?

Travelers expect a certain level of updated décor, cleanliness and amenities when they book a vacation rental property. Fair or not, they will compare your rental to the level of living in their own home. Dated, worn out or poorly working household appliances and furnishings send up red flags to travelers and could prevent them from rebooking the rental. According to various vacation rentals’ guest feedback, there are seven common recommendations for improving your vacation rentals. Living room [...]

How Condominium Associations Can Finance Capital Projects

Aging condominium buildings are common across Hawaii, which is a growing concern in the aftermath of the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Florida. This preventable tragedy is being traced back to repair and maintenance issues. Like Florida, Hawaii structures are equally susceptible to high humidity and damaging salt air.  Since Hawaii is a very expensive place to live, there is often a mindset keeping HOA fees to a minimum. Budgeting for major capital improvements of significant [...]

Additional Transient Accommodations Tax Begins Nov. 1

It just got a little more expensive to stay in a hotel or vacation rental in Maui County. Bill 101- creating a 3% transient accommodations tax, unanimously passed the Maui County Council on October 1st.  The MCTAT is levied at a rate of 3 percent on every taxpayer that has taxable gross short-term rental proceeds and/or total fair market rental value attributable to the County of Maui. The MCTAT is imposed in addition to the State TAT, which is currently levied at a rate of 10.25 percent. Maui’s [...]

Go to Top