The Hawaii rental agreements are valid for use on any of the islands for a residential or commercial property owner “(landlord”) and a lessee (“tenant”). Before authorizing the lease agreement, the landlord will most commonly decide to review the tenant’s employment, income, and credit through the rental application. Upon approval by the landlord, the tenant will be issued a written lease filled-in with the agreed upon details and access will be granted to the premises after signature and the deposits (if any) are made.
Form Description Types
The landlord, or person assigned to receive notices, must be fully disclosed in the agreement including their name, address, and telephone number(s).
Lead Based Paint
Required by the EPA (federal law). Download > Lead Base Paint Disclosure Form
If the landlord decides to collect a Security Deposit, the tenant is required to fill-in a move-in checklist that details any existing maintenance needed before starting the lease. This is used to help determine any new damage (if any) at the end of the rental term so that any prior repairs do not get falsely billed to the tenant. Download > Move-in Checklist
Tax Excise Number
The landlord must issue their tax excise number in the agreement for the option of the tenant to apply for any low-income tax credit.
Hawaii Rental Laws
Security Deposit Maximum
The landlord may accept one (1) months’ rent for the Security Deposit. If the tenant has a pet of any kind, the landlord may choose to collect up to two (2) months’ rent.
Returning Security Deposit
The landlord must return the Security Deposit back to the tenant within fourteen days after the lease end date or upon vacating the property, whichever is later.
Access to the Premises
The landlord must give the tenant at least two (2) days notice before entering the property for any non-emergency use. Statute 521-33
Rent is due on the day stated in the lease contract. The landlord may begin charging a late fee the day after, only if it states the late fee specifically in the agreement. The landlord may issue a notice to quit which allows the tenant five (5) days to pay all back-rent owed or vacate the property.