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New to a Homeowners Association? Welcome!

If you are like most new home or condo buyers, you were given a large stack of association documents that you filed away and forgot about. But it is in your best interest to review all of the association documents and familiarize yourself with the contents as you must follow the rules as a member of the association. Most people, as first-time members of an association, don’t have a clue about what the rules and restrictions are or even how a community association functions. Think about your asso [...]

2022 Condo Legislation

There a was one condominium bill enacted into law in the 2022 legislative session. While not intended as legal advice, we are providing a summary from the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs on the House Bill. Act 62, SLH 2022 This legislation amends many parts of existing condominium law, effective January 1,2023. Governance changes require that a petition to amend a bylaw shall be dated in addition to being signed and that the petition to amend the bylaws is only valid if submit [...]

Make Sure Gutters are Storm-Ready

With our changing climate, we can expect more frequent storms with heavier rain, even in sunny Maui. But preparing your property for heavy rain does not mean pouring a lot of money down the drain. Some easy maintenance should keep you, well, as right as rain. Frequently overlooked, rain gutters, drains, and downspouts are the primary channels for rainwater to drain away from your building properly and are a critical element of your building’s roofing system. Rain gutters are designed to prevent [...]

How to Reduce HOA Insurance Costs

Insurance is usually one of the three top expenses for any condominium or homeowners’ association. You don’t want to be left with costly repair bills should a calamity hit your building. Even though the rates are as low as they were before Hurricane Iniki, there are still ways you can reduce insurance costs. Here are a number of ways to save some money at the outset: Property Knowing what to do before a loss can save you money on the claim itself, so set up a claim procedure in the event of a cl [...]

Tips for Minor Home and Rental Updates

Whether you are looking at do-it-yourself projects to freshen up your home or to upgrade your condo to offer it as a vacation rental, updates need not be extensive or expensive. With some planning, you can make changes that will matter without breaking the bank or having your home torn apart for months. Here are some basic tips to ensure your project goes smoothly. Prioritize, plan, purchase It’s always a good idea to plan your project, prioritizing what you want to do, then make your purchases. [...]

HOA Guidance on Assistance Animals

There is a distinct difference between a dog that is a pet or companion, and a service dog. The Community Association Institute offers this updated information for accomodating service animals in housing, with guides for HOA boards and owners. "Assistance animals play an important role in the lives of people with disabilities. The federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state and local laws govern assistance animals in community associations. Assistance an [...]

Protect Your Home, Yourself, and Your Property

You may feel some assurance living near neighbors or in a housing development or condominium complex. Your neighbors look out for each other, keeping an eye on one another so you feel “safe.” But make no mistake- you ultimately are responsible for your own safety. While we can often depend on each other for help, we still must take our own measures to protect what is important to us – our families and our property. If your association has a security force, remember they should keep an eye out fo [...]

Understanding Different Types of Condo Insurance and Claims

Insurance claims have been growing. One common issue that arises is who is responsible- the association or the owner- when damage occurs. Whether the association’s master policy, or a unit owner’s HO6 policy will be covering the damage can be answered in the Condominium Association’s Governing Documents, Declarations or Bylaws. These are the documents that define what the association or owner is responsible for. Generally speaking, condominium declarations or bylaws usually take the position tha [...]

5 Most Common HOA Landscaping and Gardening Policies

There is just something rejuvenating about having well-tended foliage around our living spaces. If you’re a Homeowners Association board member or a property manager for an HOA, you probably get questions about plants and other landscaping policies. Residents want to understand what they can and can’t do. Rules vary widely from association to association, and this can confuse homeowners. If they’ve looked into their HOA’s landscaping or garden policies, they may not understand fully how rules ap [...]

Planning and Budgeting for HOA Roof Replacements

Roofing is one of the costliest expenditures for any property. Carefully considering the full scope of the job at the beginning stages will help minimize unforeseen expenses. The ideal scenario is hiring an architect, engineer, or consultant, especially for a large roof replacement project, to offer peace of mind and minimize liability. But this particular expense, along with building permitting fees and performance bonds, are almost always overlooked when setting aside roof replacement reserves [...]

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