The Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection on Wednesday released a list of frequently asked questions to help homeowners and renters with inquiries regarding the Landlord-Tenant code.

Gov. David Ige’s recent emergency proclamations regarding the coronavirus “invoked special legal requirements” applicable to landlords and tenants.

Here are a few excerpts from the FAQ:

I’m current on my rent, but my landlord has informed me that I must vacate; can they do this? No. Unless there is a material breach of the lease or the premises are unfit for occupancy, a Landlord cannot currently require you to move.

Do I still have to pay my rent? Yes. You are still legally obligated to pay your rent.

What if I can’t pay my rent? You should inform your landlord if you are unable to pay your rent and explain why. Renters are advised to contact their landlords as soon as they can to talk through delayed or partial payment options.

The full FAQ along with more information regarding the Hawaii Landlord-Tenant code is available by clicking here.

The guidance is current as of March 31, according to a press release, but may be subject to change per actions taken at the state and/or federal level.

Kaimuki Honolulu Housing Real Estate homes1. 23 may 2017

Kaimuki, home to a lot of renters and landlords.

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