Hawaii Standard Residential Lease Agreement


The Hawaii Standard Residential Lease Agreement, is a contract used for property management that contains the terms and conditions relating to the rental and occupancy of an apartment or similar dwelling. Before signing the document, the tenant and landlord can negotiate certain conditions, such as the amount of rent to be paid, the method of payment, and when it is to be paid. Under § 521-43, the landlord must provide certain information to the tenant before the tenant moves into the dwelling in question. This includes the names of all property owners and anyone authorized to act for them. Landlords must also give tenants copies of written rental agreements and receipts for rent payments.

Tenant Screening: Hawaii Rental Application

State Laws

Laws: §§ 490:2A-101 to 490:2A-532

Maximum Security Deposit: (§ 521-44)  The most a landlord may request as security is one (1) month’s rent, with exceptions to pet deposits as noted below.

Pet deposit: The landlord may request a “pet deposit” as long as the pet lives in the dwelling with its owner and is not a bona fide service animal belonging to a disabled tenant.

Allowable Use Of Funds: The security deposit may be used to cover certain repairs or to make the landlord whole if the tenant owes back rent. Other acceptable uses include payment for new keys and related items if the tenant doesn’t return them.

Returning Security Deposits: The deadline for refunding the security deposit (after any allowable deductions have been made) is fourteen (14) days after the termination of the rental agreement. The landlord must also provide a detailed account of deducted funds, damages, and repair costs in writing. A landlord who fails to do so by the specified deadline relinquishes his or her right to the money. The only exception to this is if the tenant leaves without giving proper notice.