This bill mandates periodic inspections of buildings that are three or more stories in height every five years. The inspections must be conducted by a licensed professional engineer or architect, who will create a written report classifying exterior walls and appurtenances, such as signs, window frames, flower boxes, and similar items as safe, unsafe, or safe with a repair and maintenance program.
Condominium owners and condo management/ association representatives immediately raised concerns about the impact of this bill upon high- rise residential condominium properties, since the bill was introduced after the tragic accident that occurred when rusted railings at Ala Moana Center gave way.
On Thursday, August 24th at 9:00am in the City Council meeting room, the Council’s Zoning and Housing (ZH) Committee will hear Bill 17, Proposed CD1, which excludes condominium buildings with less than 100 units and extends the re-inspection cycle to 10 years from 5 years.
Representatives of Hawaii Council of Associations of Condominium Owners (HCAAO, dba as HCCA) and condominium associations have argued that new inspection costs for condominium properties is a burdensome requirement for condominium properties that are already required to maintain condo reserves for maintenance needs under Chapter 514A and Chapter 514B, HRS. These statutory provisions govern all condominium properties within the state.
I have also introduced a Proposed CD1 draft (dated August 21, 2017; copy attached) that excludes condominium properties whose association has prepared a reserve study pursuant to HRS Section 514B-148, adopted a budget to address repair and maintenance issues identified in the reserve study, and has implemented in a timely manner the repair and maintenance measures set forth in the reserve study performed by the association.
Please contact me at email@example.com or at 768-5006 if you have additional questions on Bill 17, or would like to submit testimony on this measure. This committee meeting is the last opportunity for committee review of the measure; if it is approved by the ZH Committee, it would be considered by the full City Council on third and final reading on September 6, 2017.