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Does Your HOA Have Holiday Decor Rules?

The holidays are officially upon us. Does your association have rules on visible décor and lighting? Rulemaking can be a quandary. If you allow displays for some, you have to allow for all. Or the other option, none. Either way can be challenging. Fortunately the Community Associations Institute has developed sample holiday and religious display guidelines that are easy for residents to follow and simple to enforce. Here are a few of CAI’s tips. Board Members Ask residents whether they believe y [...]

Different Types of Community Associations in Hawaii

Think of your community association as a small town that offers services to owners and residents. Owners become members when they purchase their unit and have obligations to the association. Leaders are elected to govern on issues in the best interests of the members, collect assessments, and maintain shared spaces. Association officials are tasked with managing the property and must be fiscally responsible with fees collected from members. All associations have similar documents and requirement [...]

Should You Upgrade Your Vacation Rental Condo?

Travelers expect a certain level of updated décor, cleanliness and amenities when they book a vacation rental property. Fair or not, they will compare your rental to the level of living in their own home. Dated, worn out or poorly working household appliances and furnishings send up red flags to travelers and could prevent them from rebooking the rental. According to various vacation rentals’ guest feedback, there are seven common recommendations for improving your vacation rentals. Living room [...]

How Condominium Associations Can Finance Capital Projects

Aging condominium buildings are common across Hawaii, which is a growing concern in the aftermath of the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Florida. This preventable tragedy is being traced back to repair and maintenance issues. Like Florida, Hawaii structures are equally susceptible to high humidity and damaging salt air.  Since Hawaii is a very expensive place to live, there is often a mindset keeping HOA fees to a minimum. Budgeting for major capital improvements of significant [...]

Additional Transient Accommodations Tax Begins Nov. 1

It just got a little more expensive to stay in a hotel or vacation rental in Maui County. Bill 101- creating a 3% transient accommodations tax, unanimously passed the Maui County Council on October 1st.  The MCTAT is levied at a rate of 3 percent on every taxpayer that has taxable gross short-term rental proceeds and/or total fair market rental value attributable to the County of Maui. The MCTAT is imposed in addition to the State TAT, which is currently levied at a rate of 10.25 percent. Maui’s [...]

New to an HOA? What You Need to Know About Rules and Regulations

If you are moving into a home or condo with a Home Owners Association (HOA), you are not alone. In the U.S. 58% of homeowners live in HOA communities, according to the Community Associations Institute. Many people don’t give their HOA much thought until there is a problem. Since HOAs make and enforce the community rules, it’s smart to understand what you can do if you can’t or don’t want to follow them. HOA Facts An HOA consists of a volunteer group of neighbors who manage common areas and commu [...]

Dining Out on Maui? It Will Cost You More

Expect to pay more dining out on Maui, including at casual restaurants. Menu prices rose at Hawaii restaurants for four straight months over the summer as owners and managers continued to cope with increasing supply costs and rising wages for employees. The Food Gurus Hawaii Restaurant Index provides data each month to Hawaii Business Magazine, tracking over 3 million transactions monthly at over 130 statewide restaurant locations, according to founder Doug Harris. “Quick serve restaurants serve [...]

HOA Considerations for Video Security Cameras on Property

High resolution security cameras have become affordable for HOA residents and property managers. Whether it is a doorbell cam to deter porch pirates or an outdoor camera to monitor the perimeter, these devices have become more accessible and easy to manage for the typical homeowner or association. According to Tinnelly Law, a practice focused on HOAs, surveillance cameras are effective at reducing the number of low-level crimes such as automobile break-ins and burglaries in areas where cameras h [...]

Condominium Renovation FAQs

Many homeowners took advantage of slow times during the pandemic to repair or remodel their dwellings, including condominiums. Now that lumber prices have calmed down and we are approaching a less busy fall season, improvement plans may pick up again. However, condominiums, with shared walls and features, are different than a stand alone home. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has put together this helpful summary for those planning work, or for the associations who are fielding re [...]

Are Hawaii’s Tall Buildings at Risk?

Last month’s collapse of a condo building in Florida is bringing up questions about building safety and insurance in Hawaii. Tower collapse risks are extremely low. However, Hawaii buildings are affected by salt air and close proximity to the ocean- some of the same stresses that might have contributed to the Florida collapse. Unlike Florida, large structures in Hawaii are not required to be re-inspected or certified after they are built and approved. This gap has surfaced in the past, including [...]

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