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Top 5 Reserve Study Misconceptions

A professionally prepared reserve study is a guide for associations towards having sufficient funds for major common area repairs and replacement projects in the future. However, somewhere in between completion of the plan and implementation, a host of misconceptions can take hold, resulting in costly errors. Read on to identify the five most common errors to avoid. 1) Contributing 50% of the recommended amount to the reserve fund –Cutting reserve contributions will leave your association short [...]

What is a Condominium and What Can Be Condo-ed?

A condominium is simply a form of ownership that divides a property into areas that are exclusive to one or a number of owners, with a community organization to oversee the entire property. The type and size of what can be a condominium are not subject to any state limits. However, all county zoning, ordinances, regulations, permits, and rules must be followed by the owners and developers in how they develop or use the property. Single family homes, residential skyscrapers, agricultural pasturel [...]

How HOA Communities Can Conserve Water

While we want to be as environmentally responsible as possible, saving water should be a prominent issue for associations and its owners. Some areas are already facing water restrictions. Conserving water also keeps assessments manageable. Here’s how you can do your part for both reasons: Appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers consume the most water indoors, so let’s begin there in our conservation efforts. Match the water level on your washing machine to the size of your load. Avoi [...]

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 [...]

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