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Hawaii Landlord Remedies for Nonpayment of Rent

The Hawaii Residential Landlord-Tenant Code, Chapter 521 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Section 68 allow a landlord the following remedies when a tenant fails to pay rent:

Failure to Pay Rent

The landlord may demand payment of rent anytime after it is due. The landlord may notify the tenant in writing that unless payment is made within five business days after tenant receives the notice, the rental agreement will be terminated. If the tenant does not pay the past-due rent in full after receiving the landlord’s notice, the landlord may sue to evict the tenant. (It is suggested that the landlord provide notice to the tenant by certified mail or by hand delivery. If this is not possible, the law allows the landlord to post a notice in a conspicuous place on the dwelling unit.)

Section 68(a)

Court Action for Rent Payment

The landlord may sue for rent alone anytime after demanding payment of past-due rent and notifying the tenant of the landlord’s intention to bring such action.

Section 68(b)

See also Hawaii Landlord Remedy for Tenant Holding Over.

Return to Hawaii Landlord-Tenant Laws.