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Hawaii Landlord Remedy for Tenant Abandonment

The Hawaii Residential Landlord-Tenant Code, Chapter 521 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Section 70 allows a landlord the following remedy when a tenant abandons a rental property or breaks a lease early:


If the tenant vacates the unit wrongfully, with no intention of resuming the tenancy, the landlord is entitled to the lesser of:

  • The entire rent for the remainder of the term;
  • The daily rent for the period necessary to re-rent the dwelling, plus a reasonable commission, plus the difference between the rent agreed to in the prior rental agreement and the fair rental value.

Section 70(d)

See also Hawaii Tenant Obligations Regarding Absence.

Return to Hawaii Landlord-Tenant Laws.