Maui County levies fines against Paia owner/operator of vacation rentals

The Maui Department of Planning has levied fines totaling half a million dollars against Michael Baskin, the owner and operator of three vacation rentals in Paia. This is the largest fine in the history of the department, resulting from numerous violations of the Short Term Rental Home, SMA, zoning, and building codes laws.

All told, the county issued 30 Notices of Violation.

Some of the violations include:

  • Converting garages and a shed to short term rental rooms
  • Renting more rooms than his permits allowed
  • Building a parking lot with no permits
  • Building an enclosure that together housed a propane tank and a water heater
  • Constructing building additions with no permits

In addition to the violations, the Maui department also revoked two short term rental home permits and did not renew another for misrepresentations made in the applications.

The county launched an investigation into Paia Inn back in May 2013 as a result of complaints. After several site inspections county officials discovered numerous SMA, zoning, permit and building code violations.

Since then, the county has attempted to settle this matter with Baskin in court and through mediation. Mayor Arakawa and Maui County Council members have agreed that Baskin will pay $500,000 in fines in two installments, remove all illegal structures or obtain after-the-fact permits for those structures which can be made legal. An additional $500,000 fine will be triggered if any terms of the agreement are violated. These permits with be reinstated under these terms and subject to original conditions.

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