HOA Rules and Regs

12 Jolly Holiday Activities While Staying Safe at Home

The December holiday season may look different on Maui this year, but can still include meaningful celebrations and activities for our communities. Large group gatherings are out of the question due to COVID-19, and some folks might even be celebrating alone. I combed through several resources to compile a list of a fun ideas for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza (or however you are rejoicing this time of year). Remember that good holiday experiences are what we make of them, from our heart, and share [...]

UPDATE: Business Changes on Maui Due to Coronavirus

Note: This page is being updated as official information becomes available.  Aloha, Hawaii is now welcoming back visitors with its pre-travel testing program, allowing travelers from out-of-state to proceed without the 14-day quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 before they arrive in the islands. Some further restrictions vary by island, and travelers are strongly advised to stay up to date on current rules. What you need to know before you go Please keep in mind that Hawaii has managed [...]

Understanding HOA Board Meetings and Decisions

Your homeowner’s association has a board, and owners are generally allowed to attend meetings. But you may hear several acronyms tossed around making a discussion hard to follow. This guide will help you understand some basic terminology. Since HOAs follow certain procedures in conducting a meeting, questions of clarification from the audience may be out of order. Also, each association operates a bit different, but there is general information at the end about the board’s decision-making proces [...]

Avoiding 5 Common HOA Board Mistakes

The work that HOA board members fulfill is essential. However, learning the ins and outs of association business can be tricky.  There are documents to study and rules to learn. Directors are representing a community, and there are a lot of interests to balance. Not everyone is going to be happy with every decision, and the board of directors is often in the line of fire when things go wrong. There are 5 common mistakes that some homeowner association boards make. Here is how to avoid them. Stay [...]

Should HOAs Use Reserve Funds to Fill a Budget Gap?

COVID-19 has brought economic hardships to individuals and businesses across the world. Community associations are no exception. For example, there are increased cleaning and maintenance protocols, and higher expenses along with it. At the same time, dues collection can be challenging. Owners cringe at special assessments. Communities may be looking at reserve funds to cover some of these expenses. Reserve funds are typically set up to prepare for future expenses. However, with hardships occurri [...]

Helping Associations Get to the “New Normal”

After months of mask wearing and social distancing, it's probably safe to say all association residents and their guests would like to get back to the daily island life we enjoyed just a few months ago. We expected to take the next step forward in August, when Governor Ige announced lifting the quarantine for transpacific arrivals, with a negative COVID-19 test. Based on dramatically rising COVID-19 numbers on the mainland, that plan has been deferred until at least September. Maui County has h [...]

COVID-19: HOW CAN YOU KEEP YOUR BUILDING CLEAN?

Each condominium complex and their residents can practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. It is advisable to discuss and let owners and guests know the extra cleaning procedures you implement. These are the areas to focus on for extra sanitation: Tables Doorknobs Light switches Handles Desks Toilets Trash chute handles Sinks Elevator buttons (inside and out [...]

Condo and Homeowner Association Questions During COVID-19

Emergency orders due to COVID-19 result in many questions for HOAs and Condominium Associations. Here is a general guideline for frequently asked questions. Question: How does my association conduct an annual meeting during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Answer: It’s difficult but not impossible to meet your Annual Meeting requirement. An annual meeting is meeting of the association of owners, not a regular board meeting, and operates under a different set of restrictions. This includes the date or ti [...]

Reducing HOA Property Risks

Amenities add value to communities. Having a place to gather, play tennis or other recreation activities can be the centerpiece of the neighborhood on Maui. And since all members chip in through HOA fees, perks can be provided at a reasonable cost. However, amenities are not without risk A Homeowners Association is open to liabilities providing such amenities. It’s important to be fully aware of risks and take appropriate steps to minimize them. It may mean saving a lot of money down the road. [...]

Is Your HOA Board at a Stalemate?

If your HOA board is plagued with constant bickering, morale problems, or just an overall lack of productivity and follow-through, they are not serving their community well. There are many professional approaches to solving these issues. Many boards hire experts in team building. Here’s why that approach often doesn’t work. An ill-tempered and dysfunctional board is likely just the outer layer of larger foundational problems such as leadership or policy issues. Having members, who probably don [...]

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