Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   H.B. No. 305

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 305 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to eliminate the requirement that a condominium association first advertise the sale, donation, or disposition of personalty abandoned in or on the common elements of a condominium project, and allow the association to proceed directly to sell, store, donate, or dispose of the personalty and keep the proceeds.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Honolulu Tower Association of Apartment Owners, Palehua Townhouse Association, Hawaii Council of Associations of Apartment Owners, AOAO Mauna Luan Inc., Associa, and seven individuals.


Your Committee finds that personalty may be left in common areas of a condominium by residents, their visitors, or other third parties.  When the owner of the personalty or the owner's address is not known, existing law requires a condominium association to first advertise the sale, donation, or disposition at least once in a daily paper of general circulation.  Your Committee further finds that this requirement is unnecessarily burdensome to condominium associations and merely increases the costs associated with the operation of condominiums.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to January 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 305, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 305, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,