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 Banyan News in Brief

July 6, 2016

House Rules Revisions. Mahalo to the owners who came to our recent meeting to review and discuss the newly revised House Rules. I will provide your feedback to the Board as subject matter for possible future revisions.

The revised House Rules are effective as of Friday, July 8, 2016.

You can review the revised House Rules and download a PDF copy in the Governance section.

Storage Locker Usage. If you have leased a storage locker from the Association, we encourage you to read carefully the agreement you signed. Among other conditions, the Agreement contains the following provisions:

6. USE. Lockers are to be used only for the storage of items intended for the personal use of and belonging to the owner of an apartment unit at the Waikiki Banyan (emphasis added). The owner shall not permit its tenants, employees, agents or other third parties to store items or otherwise use the locker. Any violation of this provision shall, in the Association’s sole discretion, result in the immediate termination of this Agreement.
12. ASSIGNMENT & SUBLEASE. Lessee may not assign or sublet the locker. Any such assignment or sublet, or attempt to assign or sublet, shall be grounds for Association’s immediate termination of this Agreement.

With storage space at a premium, it is important that the lockers are used in strict accord with the locker agreement. Over the coming months we plan to inspect all storage lockers to ensure compliance with all of the provisions of our storage locker agreements.

Storage Locker Payments. Please note that we will accept payment for your storage locker rental directly from you and not from any third party. We can accept cash or, if you are renewing by mail, your personal check.

May 10, 2016

Absentee Landlords. At one time most of our off-island owners who rented their units had local agents. This helped their tenants and provided the Association with a local contact in case there were problems with the unit.

The rapid development of the internet and of online sites allowing rentals by absentee owners has led many owners to abandon the practice of having a local agent.

This practice is a problem on several levels.

On the most basic level, an absentee owner renting her unit is in violation of Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS) 521-43(f), which states:

Any owner or landlord who resides without the State or on another island from where the rental unit is located shall designate on the written rental agreement an agent residing on the same island where the unit is located to act in the owner’s or landlord’s behalf. In the case of an oral rental agreement, the information shall be supplied to the tenant, on demand, in a written statement.

Next, when problems arise with a unit or its tenants and there is no local agent we can contact, then those problems inevitably get worse instead of being resolved. We have encountered water leaks originating in units with absentee landlords and no local agent to address the source of the leak.

Finally, while online rental sites are attractive and easy for owners to use, they also open the door to scams and theft. We have, for example, run into several instances of tenants renting from an owner then going online and posing as unit owners in order illegally to sub-let the unit.

If you are an absentee landlord, please be aware of your legal responsibility to have a local agent who can act on your behalf.

Board Members. Mike McGuire’s recent resignation leaves a vacancy on the Board until next year’s Annual Meeting.

If you are an owner, or if you know an owner, interested in serving on the Board, please contact Board President Bob Ivanoff via email at bobATwaikikibanyan.org.

April 8, 2016

Pool Maintenance. Last year we did major work on the deck surrounding the swimming pool. This led to a revision of our drain line replacement schedule.

I thought we would not need to close the pool for maintenance this year, but Maintenance has informed me that we need to do some work on the pool’s coping stones. This will require us to close the pool for a week.

We plan to close the pool from May 9 to May 14. The pool work will not affect the drain line schedule; we expect to start work on the Tower 1, 13-stack of units on May 5.

T1, 13 stack schedule

Drain Line Replacement. We are nearly finished with the Tower 2, 13-stack drain line replacement. After the T2 13-stack is finished, we will move to the 13-stack in Tower 1.

In addition to the unit drain lines, we are replacing sections of laundry room drains. These drain lines, especially in Tower 1, are subject to blockage from the volume of water discharged by our washing machines. We are adding cleanouts as we work on these pipes, which will make maintenance easier and should allow us to keep the lines clear without having to replace them frequently.

Board Officers. At the recent regular meeting of our Board of Directors, Mike McGuire stepped down from the office of President. Elected as President was former Vice-President Bob Ivanoff.

The Board elected former Treasurer Kini Olegario to be Vice-President, and Lorimegan Black was elected Treasurer.

Board of Directors

Bob Ivanoff Kini Olegario Kenji Iwasa Shraga Dachner Dick Eide Lou Palmer John Wong

Outstanding Staff 2016

Roxanne Tabudlo: 2015 Joey Limos: January 2016 Rocky Higgins: February 2016 Benny Antonio: March 2016 Archie Suico: 1st Quarter 2016 Mafu Galeai: April 2016 Armando Galicia: May 2016 Rollie Bragado: June 2016 Richard Santillo: 2nd Quarter 2016
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Updated July 11 2016

Rec Deck: No Smoking

no smoking symbol

Smoking is prohibited on the recreation deck.

The Revised Ordinances of Honolulu (ROH) prohibit smoking (outside of the residential units) within 20' of our building. This prohibition includes the garage and lobby.

Banyan Rentals

The Association does not rent apartments. The Association of Apartment Owners (AOAO) manages Waikiki Banyan’s common elements but we are not realtors and we have no information regarding rental or sales of Waikiki Banyan units. The Association has no contact person for such information.

However, if you contemplate renting online, we may be able to help you avoid being scammed by verifying the information you receive.

Check one of our in-house agents or the local media for information on available units.

Banyan Paid Parking

Effective February 1, 2015, paid parking available from Security at the garage entrance is $20 for 24 hours.

24-hour parking allows unlimited in and out and is available for both residents and non-residents. You pay when you drive into the garage.

Effective February 1, 2015, there is an overparking charge of $20 for every 24 hours, or any portion of that time, a car is parked past the expiration of its parking ticket. There is a lost ticket charge of $30. There are no refunds of paid parking charges.

Disaster Preparedness

The Association does not have the resources to provide supplies like flashlights and batteries to everyone in the building. Owners, agents and residents of Waikiki Banyan should think about maintaining their own kits of emergency supplies.

You can find advice on what to think about for your disaster preparedness kit at the state’s Civil Defense website and more detailed information at this DHS-affiliated website.