Hawaii’s Eviction Moratorium has ended on August 6, 2021, as announced by Governor David Ige. Act 57 in HB 1376 has replaced the eviction moratorium, allowing the courts in Hawaii to hear additional eviction cases.
Whether you’re a landlord in Honolulu or Kailua, you’ll most likely be affected by the lifting of the moratorium law. Here are things you need to know to properly manage the eviction process.
About the Eviction Moratorium and Its Lifting
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects, Gov. Ige enacted a Hawaii’s eviction moratorium law in April 2020.
On the other hand, Act 57 in HB 1376 states that after Hawaii’s economy and its workers recovered from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, landlords can now require tenants who are behind on rent and unable to pay past-due rent and fees to vacate their rental properties.
While this may be good news for some landlords in need of income, others may be exhausted by the effects of the pandemic. The Honolulu Board of Realtors warns that Hawaii should not only prepare for a wave of evictions, but also for a flood of rental home sales.
Evicting Your Tenants
Rent non-payment is one of the legal reasons a Hawaii landlord can evict a tenant. A rent payment is considered late the day after it’s due; grace periods (if any) are specified in the lease/rental agreement.
When you want to file an eviction action with the court, you must issue a 15-Day Notice to Pay. The notice gives the tenant the option of paying the past due amount in full within 15 days in order to avoid eviction.
After the notice period expires and the tenant does not pay the rent due, the eviction process may be initiated:
- A complaint must be filed with the appropriate court.
- Besides the sheriff and police chief, a court-appointed process server, or anyone over 18 who isn’t involved in the case, may serve the summons and complaint on the tenant.
- The tenant must file an answer with the court within five to seven days of receiving the summons, in order to appear at the hearing and explain why they do not want to be evicted.
- Court hearing and judgment ensues. An eviction writ will be issued if the judge rules in favor of the landlord, either by default judgment or at an eviction hearing.
What to Do with Your Property
If you’re exhausted with the effects of the pandemic, you might have considered selling your rental property. You should be familiar with the tenants’ rights before deciding to sell your house with tenants in Hawaii. If you request they vacate the property early so you can sell it, make sure you give them the required amount of notice and are operating according to Hawaii state law.
Now, the question is: How do you sell your rental property? When it comes to selling, the traditional method is the first thing that comes to mind. However, that would mean that you need to stage your property so that it looks appealing to potential buyers. You might also need the help of a real estate agent, who you need to pay commission so they can help stage your home.
If you need cash fast or if you just want to sell your property fast, consider selling to a professional home buyer. If you sell your house directly to a company that buys houses, you won’t need to clean, declutter, market, stage, or show your home to prospective buyers. Better yet, the right buyer will take over a house with tenants and the remaining lease term.
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