The Hawaii Residential Landlord-Tenant Code, Chapter 521 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) prohibits a landlord from trying to recover possession of a rental property in the following manner:
Interruption or Diminution of Utilities
The landlord shall not recover or take possession of a dwelling unit by the wilful interruption or diminution of running water, hot water, or electric, gas, or other essential service to the tenant, except in case of abandonment or surrender.
A landlord who engages in this act shall be deemed to have engaged in an unfair method of competition or unfair and deceptive acts or practices and subject to penalties under 480-3.1 in addition to a minimum penalty of three times the monthly rent or $1,000, whichever is greater.
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