Hawaii Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: April 27, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Hawaii state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. Hawaii landlords must provide 45 days’ notice for a month-to-month tenancy and if the tenancy is less than one month a 15 days’ notice from next rent due date.
  • Bounced Check Fees. Hawaii state landlords may charge up to $30 for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

A landlord must abide by the rental rates and term of the lease. Rent may be increased once the lease has ended.  Landlord-Tenant-Handbook

The landlord may increase the rent for the following reasons:

  • Substantial increase in taxes or operating costs.
  • The landlord has completed a capital improvement of the dwelling unit.
  • The tenant’s complaint was because of a defect caused by the tenant.
  • The landlord can provide evidence that the rent demand does not exceed the rent charged to the tenants of a similar dwelling unit in the building.
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When is it Illegal to Raise Rent?

It is illegal for a landlord to raise rent in retaliation for a tenant having filed a complaint regarding the health or safety of the property (HRS § 521-74).

It is also illegal for a landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, gender, nation or origin, religion, familial status, or disability status of a tenant Fair Housing Act.

Is there a Rent Increase Limit?

Hawaii has no restrictions on the amount that rent can be increased.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

A landlord must provide “adequate” notice. For a month-to-month tenancy a 45-Day Notice before increasing rent, for tenancies less than a month a 15-Day Notice.  (HRS §521-21(d)(e))

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Hawaii has no statute controlling how often rent may be increased so long as requirements regarding notice are followed.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

A landlord can charge a late fee, but it must be disclosed in the lease agreement. The late fee cannot be more than 8% of the amount of rent that is due. (Haw. Rev. Stat. § 521-21(f))

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees

A landlord may charge a tenant up to $30 for a returned check.

Cities in the State with Rent Control

The state of Hawaii has no current laws regarding rent control and no statute preempting legislation regarding rent control.