HOA Rules and Regs

6 Community Reminders For a Fun & Safe Summer

June officially starts the summer season on Maui. School’s out and there are more families on the island. That means it’s a good time to send out reminders to residents on community rules and procedures. We know it can be hard to think of everything, so use the list below to start sharing reminders on your digital bulletin and monthly newsletters to help avoid violations and keep residents happy and safe. Traffic and Walking Paths With school out and more kids around, an extra reminder to resi [...]

Do You Have Adequate D & O Insurance?

Condominium boards and homeowner associations are responsible to act in the best interest of owners in the community. Often this requires making difficult decisions. These decisions can affect other owners or people doing business with the association. If a dispute arises over a decision, board members can be sued, along with the association. Just about everyone has something to lose in a lawsuit. Having the proper insurance coverage is key to protecting one's assets while serving on a board. [...]

Supported Self-management for HOA’s

Self-Management with support is an option for your Maui community. Over one third of condo communities and homeowner associations (HOAs) across the country are self-managed, hiring professional services for specific needs, according to the Community Associations Institute (CAI).  If you have 100 units/homes or less or have a high level of board participation you are a prime candidate to self-manage with support.  Support primarily entails financial management services, including and our suppor [...]

Association Updates from the DCCA

Condorama IV The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) hosts a regular event, Condorama, that is a wealth of information for condo boards and association members. The most recent Condorama IV was presented on Nov. 17, 2018 at the State Capitol. If you missed it, a recording of the seminar is posted to the Commission’s YouTube Channel along with recordings of the prior three Condorama events. Upcoming Community Associations Institute Hawaii Event CAI Hawaii is an organization that [...]

Generational Views on Homeowner Associations

Whether homeowner associations (HOAs) are looked upon favorably can be tempered by several factors, including owner age, gender, and previous experience with HOAs. Sometimes not knowing what an HOA is all about is a surprise for new owners. “If you are considering purchasing a property that is governed by an HOA, you should thoroughly understand how these associations work before you buy,” said Investopedia. The reason for this is because HOA’s have rules that can affect your lifestyle- some s [...]

6 Tips for New Condo Owners

Congratulations on becoming a condo owner! You will find there are some differences between renting or owning a house. You may have even rented in a condo or apartment before, but as an owner, there are some rights, restrictions and courtesies to be aware of. 1. Neighbors Chances are you have had neighbors before, but now you are in a place where you may have the same neighbors for a very long time. A good rule of thumb is to be the kind of neighbor you would like to have, including being reas [...]

2018 Legislative Session Update

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Real Estate Division provided a summary of the 2018 legislative session condominium bills that were enacted into law. Please consult with legal professionals regarding these new laws. The following descriptions are meant to provide only general information. House Bills: Act 195, SLH 2018 modified the foreclosure process for associations where there is an agreed upon payment plan. Act 195 also prohibits associations from deducting late fees [...]

Condorama IV

The DCCA's Hawaii Real Estate Commission will host Condorama IV, a free educational seminar, presented by CAI Hawaii on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9 AM to 11 AM at the Hawaii State Capitol auditorium on Oahu. This seminar’s topics include the sprinkler ordinance, service and assistance animals, mediation, and the new laws that impact them. Speakers include attorneys from Ekimoto and Morris, LLC, Anderson Lahne Fujisaki, LLP, and a representative from the Honolulu Fire Department. See the [...]

Saving structures in balance with protecting the environment

Sea levels are rising, with a 3.2-foot increase on Maui shores projected by 2100. The 304-page “Sea Level Rise Vulnerability & Adaptation Report,” released in December 2017 by the state Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, identified West Maui, Waihee, Hana and Kihei as communities most susceptible to rising ocean waters, resulting in flooding, submerged lands, coastal erosion and new wetlands. Residents in vulnerable areas are already dealing with ocean waves lapping at their doorste [...]

HARPTA Increases to 7.25%

  The State of Hawaii Department of Taxation has announced that the rate will increase from 5% to 7.25% of the sales price for the withholding of tax on the sale of Hawaii properties by non-Hawaii resident persons/entities on or after September 15, 2018.  This withholding is commonly known as “HARPTA”. According to Tom Yamachika, President of the Tax Foundation, HARPTA is not a tax, but rather “a means for the state to collect capital gains taxes from absentee owners.” The increase was an [...]