Local officials are getting ready to drop the hammer on so-called ‘monster homes.’ Here’s what you need to know.
Our city government has passed laws, changed laws, and done everything else in their power to discourage developers from building what some call ‘monster homes,’ which are huge homes that can have upward of 20 rooms inside.
In fact, a home that was featured on the front page of our local paper has 28 rooms in it! Where do these people park? What are they doing to the sewer system? What if someone leaves a burner on and the whole house catches fire?
These monster homes are changing the face of the rental market. If one of these homes is next door to you, it will affect many things, including the ingress and egress of your own residential street. These developers often are doing things that are illegal. If you’ve been following this issue like I have, you’ll know that even people who are trying to abide by the law are having issues getting their permits approved—including myself.
“If you’re in contact with a councilmember or senator, it might be a good idea to share with them your opinion on the subject.”
This is a very sore subject for me. The building department holds people like me to the same standard as they do for developers building monster homes, but those developers don’t get fined.
However, they’re now going to levy $25,000 to $100,000 fines per day on these developers, who may eventually have to knock down the monster houses they’re building. It’s a big deal.
If you’re in contact with a councilmember or senator, it might be a good idea to share with them your opinion on the subject.
If you have any questions about this or other real estate issues in Hawaii, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to further educate you.