August 27, 2021 Update: The Supreme Court issued a ruling that ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium that was in place through October 3, 2021. This means that the CDC restrictions on evictions no longer applies to Hawai‘i. For information on the current eviction process, please click here and refer to this FAQ.
August 13, 2021 Update: Federal Judge rules that the new CDC eviction moratorium will remain in place for now. We are closely monitoring the situation and will notify you of any updates in appeals or federal court rulings on this page.
August 6, 2021
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We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this FAQ as necessary.
Only as allowed under the CDC eviction moratorium and Act 57.
|When does the CDC eviction moratorium protect a tenant from eviction?||When does Act 57 protect a tenant from eviction?|
|For a tenant to be protected by the CDC eviction moratorium, they must: |
(a) live in a county with “substantial” or “high” community transmission of COVID-19; and
Please note: The CDC order currently applies to all four major counties in Hawaii. If any one of those counties maintains “moderate” or “low” community transmission of COVID-19 for 14 consecutive days, then that county is no longer subject to the CDC Order. If a county not subject to the order experiences “substantial” or “high” community transmission for 7 consecutive days, then that county becomes subject to the CDC Order.
(b) complete a declaration, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that:
1. they used best efforts to obtain government-backed rental assistance;
2. they received a federal stimulus check (economic impact payment) or that their income does not exceed the limits set forth in the CDC eviction moratorium;
3. they are unable to make full payment of rent due to a loss of income or medical expense;
4. they have made best efforts to make full and timely rental payments
5. eviction would likely lead them to become homeless or move into more crowded housing; and
6. they live in a county with “substantial” or “high” community transmission.
May I challenge the truthfulness of the tenant’s declaration?
Yes, you may challenge the declaration in court, as allowed by state and federal law.
Does the CDC eviction moratorium protect tenants in all forms of housing?
Yes, except tenants in short-term rentals, whom the CDC order does not protect from eviction.
When does the CDC order expire?
The CDC order is effective through October 3, 2021. It is currently being challenged in federal court and we are continuing to monitor its applicability to Hawai`i.
|A tenant may not be evicted if the amount of back rent does not exceed the following thresholds on the following dates:|
(a) August 7, 2021: four or more months behind on rent.
(b) September 6, 2021: three or more months behind on rent.
(c) November 6, 2021: two or more months behind on rent.
(d) January 6, 2022: one or more months behind on rent.
(e) August 7, 2022: Act 57 and the back rent thresholds expire.
Notice of intent to evict may only be given to tenants who are subject to eviction. A notice of intent to evict may not be given to a tenant if the CDC eviction moratorium or Act 57 protects that tenant from eviction (see table above). Notice of intent to evict may be given on the first day that the tenant is subject to eviction.
You must provide the notice to the tenant and the mediation center.
The notice must contain the following elements:
Mediation Center Information:
This exact warning in boldface type:
“If mediation is not scheduled within fifteen calendar days after receipt of the notice regardless of whether the scheduled mediation session occurs within the fifteen-calendar day period, then the landlord may file an action for summary possession after the expiration of the fifteen-calendar day period. If mediation is scheduled before the expiration of the fifteen-calendar day period, regardless of whether the scheduled mediation session occurs within the fifteen calendar days, then the landlord shall only file an action for summary possession after the expiration of thirty calendar days following the tenant’s receipt of the fifteen-calendar day notice. If the fifteen-calendar day notice was mailed, receipt of notice shall be deemed to be two days after the date of the postmark. If the fifteen-calendar day notice was posted on the premises, receipt of notice shall be deemed to be the date of posting. If an agreement is reached before the filing of an action for summary possession, whether through mediation or otherwise, then the landlord shall not bring an action for summary possession against the tenant, except as provided in any agreement that may be reached. The landlord shall be required to note the status of the mediation or settlement effort and proof of sending or posting of the fifteen-calendar day notice to the mediation center in the action for summary possession.”
Contact the mediation center for details.
Contact the mediation center that is nearest to the rental unit. The available mediation centers are:
It depends on whether the tenant schedules the mediation.
Note: The tenant need only schedule the mediation to trigger 30-day filing period; the mediation need not actually occur to trigger the 30-day filing period.
The summary possession complaint must contain, at a minimum, the following elements:
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