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Hawaii Rental Lease Agreements | Laws

A Hawaii lease agreement is a form used by a landlord to rent residential or commercial property to another individual. These agreements are legally binding once they’ve been signed by a landlord and tenant. For this reason, both parties must make sure they understand and agree to the terms of the contract before signing. Landlords would be wise to use a rental application form to vet applicants before accepting them for tenancy to ensure they are suitable for the rental situation.

Rental Application – Used by landlords to gather personal information about people applying for a lease, and gives them permission to perform any necessary background checks before accepting them for tenancy.


Agreements: By Type (7)

Commercial Lease Agreement – A contract used by owners/landlords who are renting out property for business use, such as office space, industrial property, or retail stores.

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College Roommate Agreement – An agreement between roommates who are attending college and wish to set ground rules for living together; for example, sleep schedules, studying times, and cleaning duties.

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Lease with Option to Purchase (Lease to Own) – A rental form used by landlords and tenants who are have an understanding that the tenant may purchase the property at the end of a certain lease period (other conditions will apply).

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Month to Month Lease Agreement – A contract used to rent property to a tenant on a monthly basis with the option to terminate the agreement at any time with appropriate notice given to the other party.

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Roommate Agreement – A document negotiated by roommates that defines certain living conditions and that is (typically) separate from the original residential lease.

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Standard (1-year) Lease Agreement – A standard lease agreement establishes a rental arrangement between landlord and tenant that lasts for one (1) year and cannot be terminated, except under special circumstances.

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Sublease Agreement – A rental contract used by a tenant to rent out their property (that is, the property they are currently leasing from a landlord) to a subtenant. (Landlord permission is almost always required.)

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Landlord-Tenant Laws


Identification (§ 521-43(a)(b)) – Landlord must disclose to tenant the names and addresses of all owners of the residential property as well as all persons authorized to manage the premises.

Inventory (§ 521-42) – Landlord must provide written record of the condition of the premises and any included furnishings before the initial date of tenancy.

Landlord’s Access

General Access (§ 521-53(b)) – Landlord must provide two (2) days’ notice to a tenant before entering the premises.

Emergency Access (§ 521-53) – Landlord may enter at any time for emergency purposes.


Grace Period – Not mentioned in state statutes.

Maximum Fees ($) (§521-21(f)) – Late fees may be charged as stated in a lease agreement but shall not exceed eight (8) percent of the total monthly rent.

Rent Increase Notice (§521-21(d)(e)) – Rent may be increased as long as forty-five (45) days notice is provided for month to month tenancies (fifteen (15) days for shorter tenancies).

Security Deposits

Maximum Amount ($) (§521-44(b)) – Maximum security deposit amount shall not exceed one (1) month’s rent.

Returning to Tenant (§521-44(c)) – Security deposit must be returned to tenant a maximum of fourteen (14) days after the lease is terminated.

Interest Required? – Not required in state statutes.

Separate Bank Account? – Not mentioned in state statutes.