Hawaii Rental Laws

Hawaii Rental Laws

Your Guide to Hawaii Rental Laws with helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of Hawaii

The United States Census Bureau estimates the population of Hawaii was 1,419,561 on July 1, 2014; an increase of 4.36% since the 2010 United States Census

The State of Hawaii has 5 counties.

State Rules and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: 1 Month
  • Return Deadline:  14 Days

Fees and Notice

  • Applications Fees:  No Restrictions
  • Termination Notice:  10 day notice to cure: if it has not ceased, must wait another 20 to file for eviction; 24 hours to cease a nuisance: if it has not ceased in 24 hours, 5 days to cure before filing for eviction.
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Can withhold or repair and deduct

Landlord Disclosures

Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act:  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

Last Updated: April 8, 2020