Blog: A taste of what you may find on Maui

Are you allowed to invite guests to your vacation rental?

Interesting question…. different vacation rental owners have different rules about this one.

From a guest’s perspective… you are on vacation, your friends or family are on Maui at the same time and you want to have dinner or hit the pool and hot tub and enjoy an evening together. I get it. Eating out as a group can be expensive and cumbersome, and potlucking at the condo is much cheaper and easier.

From a neighbor’s perspective… you are looking forward to enjoying the peace and quiet of your condo after a busy day at the beach or sight seeing, when you hear a group of people loaded down with food and beer knocking at the neighbor’s door. They look like they are obviously settling in for a longer visit. Great. How long til quiet hours start? Where’s that number to call security?

From the owner’s perspective… the guest has signed a rental agreement, agreeing to rules and promising to take good care of the condo. The owner has agreed to a certain number of people staying in the condo and has priced the stay accordingly (more people means more wear and tear, increased power and water usage etc). The resort has limits on number of occupants per unit (typically two per bedroom, sometimes two per bedroom plus two on the living room sofa). The resort most certainly also has disturbance/noise regulations. And of course the insurance policy has limits too.

So how do you find a balance between the guest’s wants and owner’s needs?

Here’s my perspective for my condos, but if you are staying at another owner’s condo – please check with them or their rental agency.

1. Overnight guests – You are not allowed extra overnight guests. Only the people listed in the rental agreement at time of booking are allowed to stay overnight in the condo. Small children and infants are included in the head count (from experience with my own, they are usually messier than adults).

2. Daytime guests. I don’t mind if you have guests over once or twice per week of your stay, but subject to the following:

  • You keep a low profile. Keep extra noise to a minimum, don’t disturb the neighbors. One extra family roughly the same size as the family staying in the condo – fine. If the neighbors complain to the resident manager, office or me, extra guests will be asked to leave immediately. How embarrassing! 
  • The person who signed the rental agreement is responsible that everyone follows rental agreement rules and is respectful of our condo. Your security deposit is at stake. Also, please do not leave children unsupervised in our condo.
  • Please clean up after your guests. If they have used every single towel in the condo, please run a load or two. Always take all trash and recycling out. Sweep out or vacuum the sand.
  • If you take things from my condo to another condo or the pool, please make sure you bring them back. When there are several families renting several units at the same resort, things ALWAYS go missing such as cutlery, serving dishes etc. They are impossible to track down.
  • Pool usage with guests. Again – keep a low profile. The resident manager, office and security personnel have the authority to end your gathering, so keep it under control so other guests don’t complain. Make sure everyone in your group is following pool rules regarding noise, splashing, balls, glass in pool area etc.
  • If you are warned and the home owner association issues a fine due to a house rules violation, this fine will be passed on to you. If you are disrespectful and definitely if I get complaints, you will also be placed on my own Do Not Rent list. The majority of our guests are welcome back, but in five years there are a number of guests who have made it onto this list, mainly due to disrespectful behavior or excessive cleaning. (I prefer to avoid the confrontation of telling guests they made this list. But they certainly don’t get to stay again.)

What are some alternatives for getting together with friends?

1. Pack a picnic and meet up at a beach park! Have you seen how the locals have parties of all kinds at Kamaole III beach park? What a great idea! There is no fee, just show up early to get a spot in the shade or with tables. Remember, alcohol and smoking are prohibited at all County beaches and beach parks.

2. Reserve the party area/kitchen at the resort you are staying. Check with the front desk on how to do that.

3. Take turns visiting at your friend’s condo. You host one night, get your friends or family to host another night at their place. It is fun to check out other complexes.

We want you to have a great vacation and the last thing I want to do is be a party-pooper. Please be respectful of our property and have a wonderful vacation!