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No STR Moratorium for Maui Disaster Victim Housing

Governor Green announced on March 27, 2024, he is not going to pursue a moratorium on short-term rentals on Maui. He emphasized his administration is committed to working with partners across all counties to crack down on illegal listings and those engaging in deceptive acts and practices. Some complaints include landlords evicting long-term tenants illegally to rent at higher disaster supported rates. If these incidents are validated, the property would not be eligible for rent under the disast [...]

Insurance Questions Condo Owners Should Ask Their Agent

An HO6 policy, also known as condo insurance in Hawaii, is a type of homeowners insurance policy that covers condo unit owners. It can cover damage to your condo unit and belongings, liability claims, and additional living expenses if you can't stay in your residence due to a covered incident. Know the questions to ask about your condo homeowners insurance policy coverage so you don’t get left holding the bag for uncovered damages. Don’t assume something is fully covered It is important to ask y [...]

HI Legislative Update- Condominiums

The 2024 legislative session opened with over 50 condominium related bills. The following descriptions are summarizations of a few  bills that survived decking, a major filing deadline. This list is only meant to provide general information. To find updated information on these or any bills in the HI Legislature, please see this guide from the Legislative Reference Bureau. House Bills:  HB 1814 requires that the Legislative Reference Bureau conduct a wide-ranging study as to how other states man [...]

For HOAs: Financing an Emergency Response

Disaster response can be a costly endeavor.  An association will likely need to hire contractors (who are probably in high demand during a crisis) to repair damaged association property, clear private roads or remove debris.  If flooding is involved, the HOA may need to bring in specialists to quickly dry saturated HOA buildings for the purpose of mitigating damage and preventing mold contamination.  Repairs aren’t cheap, but, if they’re necessary, the HOA board will need to find the money somew [...]

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 [...]

FAQ About HOA Boards and HI Condo Law

Questions about Condominium HOAs and condo law are common. We've gathered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding HOA board and the laws governing them. The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), Real Estate Commission (REC) administers certain parts of the Condominium Property Acts, including Chapters 514A and 514B. The REC also has limited authority over condominium association of units of owners (AOUOs) governed by HRS, chapter 514B. A Home Owners Association [...]

Learning About HOA Oversight

With several bills moving through the Hawaii State Legislature that could affect HOAs, HOA boards and their members are wise to understand which entities oversees HOAs, and the general authority HOAs have. HOA Oversight The oversight of numerous planned communities in Hawaii falls under the purview of homeowners associations (HOAs). Regulations at the local, state, and federal levels, along with governing documents, are in place to govern HOAs in Hawaii. Authority Over HOAs in Hawaii Hawaii Plan [...]

UHERO: Maui Wildfires Not Derailing the State’s Economy

The latest economic forecast from the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) is better than expected.  The report anticipates the state's financial well-being and recovery following the Maui wildfires. Although the report states only about 1% job growth in 2024, flat visitor arrivals and reduced visitor spending, overall it is not an economic crisis. "All of this is punctuated by the losses that happened on Maui," Carl Bonham, UHERO executive director, said. "And what we're [...]

Government and Nonprofit $500M Maui Interim Housing Plan

The community of Maui County responded immediately to Maui’s devastating fires on August 8, 2023. From beach landings of food and support for the people of Lahaina, to the many ensuing fundraisers, we showed up for each other before any official programs. This included DMI staff, though dealing with their own grief over the fires, who activated volunteer efforts, supported housing needs for fire victims and collected donations. As we turn toward the next phase of recovery and rebuilding, we see [...]

HOA New Year’s Resolutions to Make Better Communities

As we wrap up 2023, the arrival of a new year signals the perfect time for homeowners’ associations to set some resolutions aimed at enhancing community living. Let's explore some practical and achievable New Year's resolutions for HOA boards. 1. Revise and Update Community Rules A community's governing documents, like its bylaws and CC&Rs, are the backbone of its regulations. It's common for these documents to become outdated over time, potentially causing unintended violations. As part of [...]

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