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Adam Horak, Other/Just Looking in Makiki - Lower Punch...

Do rental prices listed for honolulu condos include the condo fees or are these extra?

Asked by Adam Horak, Makiki - Lower Punchbowl - Tantalu, Honolulu, HI Tue Nov 9, 2010

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Ralph Gray’s answer
Aloha Adam,
Most rentals I ahve worked with include in the rent all association fees, and other fees. Your rent would be all you pay plus electric in most cases.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 21, 2011
Hi Adam,

I hope your question has been answered. Some states have considered charging the renter for past due HOA or condo fees, however, it has proven difficult to enforce.

Aloha,
Frank
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 27, 2010
Most rents in Honolulu have incorporated any additional association fees or special assessments. These are paid directly by the property owner. In the event, that the market will not support a rent that incorporates these fees, they are still NOT the responsibility of the tenant.

Also, the GET (General Excise Tax) of 4.712% is typically added in as well, although you may encounter a landlord who asks for it in addition. Please make sure they disclose this in the advertisement or prior to signing a lease agreement.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 21, 2010
Condo fees are the owner's responsibility, not the renter's.

However, as Christopher advises, check to see if there are any user fees that you might be responsible for. In some areas of the country, sometimes fees for pool use are separate. Or perhaps parking. In addition, condo fees sometimes include all utilities; more often, some utilities; and sometimes no utilities. So, in calculating your total rental costs, you need to know what (if any) utilities are included in the condo fee (and thus would be paid by the owner) and which ones you'd be responsible for.

Hope that helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 10, 2010
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
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Hi Adam,

Condo fees are fees associated with ownership of the condo and thus owner fees. You will have to inquire with the rental agent if other "user fees" like electricity, cable, parking and water are included in the rent. Everything should be in writing on the rental agreement. Don't be afraid to shop around and see what other condos are renting for and their inclusions. And ask as many questions you can think of before handing over your signed rental agreement and deposit.

Aloha,
Chris
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 10, 2010
Hi Adam,

Be sure to ask regarding utilities, it can go either way. Most of the "vacation rentals" such as those in Waikiki, include electricity, basic cable, water etc., Often, fees such as telephone or parking are separate. You need to ask and look at the lease carefully, it should all be in writing.

By condo fees, I believe you mean homeowner's association fees. Those are paid by the owner, not the tenant. Reason: If the tenants stops paying, the association could put a lien or even foreclose for nonpayment.

Aloha,
Frank
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