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Avoiding Illegal Maui Vacation Rentals

A little homework on your Maui vacation rental will save you a lot of trouble.
July 29, 2011

Avoiding Illegal Maui Vacation Rentals

West Maui Vacation RentalsA great Maui vacation can be an unforgettable experience, but also an expensive one. For this reason, it's best to do a little homework to make sure you get the most out of your vacation.

Unfortunately, many owners are using the internet to rent out their Maui properties to visitors illegally. You may be wondering what we mean by "illegally." Well, it's the law that when you rent out a Maui property you have to have licensed, on-island management to take care of any maintenance or issues that may arise. If you misplaced your key to the rental, for example, and there was no one on the island to give you a spare or let you in, just imagine the trouble you'd be in! And sadly, the owners who rent illegally are also unlikely to keep the quality of the rental up to standard state requirements.

If you find a rental that requires you to send your credit card information or a check to an individual homeowner instead of a vacation rental manager, you should consider it a red flag. You may arrive to find a dirty, run-down or even double-booked rental.

The law that requires licensed, on-island management is there to protect you, and such management is required to hold client monies in trust accounts, ensure that the rental is clean and well maintained, and to be available if any housekeeping or maintenance issues come up. If you do explore the vacation rental by owner option, be sure to ask the owner if they have an on-island property manager.

Here at Whalers Realty Management and Vacation-Maui.com, we are VRBO (vacation rental by owner) friendly. We allow our owners to advertise their properties on vacation rental by owner websites, and we process their reservations through our on-island property management company. This process gives our owners peace of mind, knowing that they have someone on-island at all times, looking over their properties and ensuring that their guests are well taken care of. Our guests share this comfort, as they know their monies are safe, and that they’re renting a well maintained, clean, professionally managed property with an on-island contact available 24/7 if needed.

Make sure that your Hawaii vacation is picture perfect. Stay in one of our beautiful Maui condos or elegant townhouses. Make a reservation today.

By Tess Cartwright

Blogs for July 2011

Avoiding Illegal Maui Vacation Rentals

Posted on July 29, 2011
Avoiding Illegal Maui Vacation Rentals

A great Maui vacation can be an unforgettable experience, but also an expensive one. For this reason, it's best to do a little homework to make sure you get the most out of your vacation.

Unfortunately, many owners are using the internet to rent out their Maui… Continue Reading

Visit Maui or Move to Maui

Posted on July 22, 2011
Visit Maui or Move to Maui

While we normally blog about how to make the most of a vacation to Maui, such as activities to try, places to see and things to do, sometimes our visitors aren't satisfied with just being visitors anymore.

A huge number of Maui residents were once on… Continue Reading

Maui Vacation Places to See - Makawao

Posted on July 15, 2011
Maui Vacation Places to See - Makawao

Makawao is a quaint little town on the lower slopes of Haleakala. It, along with several other towns, is considered part of the upcountry Maui area. We have chosen this interesting little spot for a blog because it is unique and fun.

Makawao looks like… Continue Reading

All About Maui

Posted on July 08, 2011
All About Maui

When you choose a vacation destination, there are plenty of things to take into account, such as the cost of your vacation accommodations and airfare, what kind of climate suits you, and what kinds of experiences you would like to have. The latter is the most fun, so… Continue Reading

Maui's Colorful Beaches

Posted on July 01, 2011
Maui's Colorful Beaches

One of the most distinguishing characteristics of Maui is how much variety you will find in its beach sand colors. White sand is pretty common, but have you ever spent your time enjoying a black or red sand beach? Here is a quick reference guide to all three… Continue Reading

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