Hawaii 5 Day Notice to Quit

Last Updated: November 21, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

A Hawaii 5 Day Notice to Quit is a legal eviction letter written by the landlord and served to the tenant for nonpayment of rent. The tenant has the option to pay the balance due or vacate the premises within five (5) judicial days (not counting weekends or legal holidays).

When to Use a Hawaii 5 Day Notice to Quit

Use a 5 Day Notice to Quit to begin the eviction process in Hawaii if the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full.

If the above is not true, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:

  • 10 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate –  If the tenant failed to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner, violated rules with too many occupants at the premises or any other violations of the lease or rules/regulations.
  • Immediate Notice to Vacate – If the tenant committed waste, caused irremediable damage to a person or the premises, or is involved in damage caused by willful negligence.
  • 45 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant or the landlord is ending a monthly lease. This letter may also be used for tenants with no written lease that pays rent monthly or for tenants with an expired lease.

How to Write a Hawaii 5 Day Notice to Quit

The 5 Day Notice to Quit form shall be completed as follows:

  1. Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
  2. Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
  3. Enter the amount of rent due and the date it became due;
  4. Include the total amount to be paid;
  5. Explain where the total amount due should be paid;
  6. The date the total amount is due or the date the tenant must vacate the premises;
  7. Include the date the notice is served;
  8. Landlord prints and signs notice;
  9. Landlord includes address and phone number.

How to Serve a Hawaii 5 Day Notice to Quit

A landlord can deliver notices in Hawaii using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Posting the notice in a conspicuous place at the premises, such as the entry door, AND mailing the notice by first class mail with a certificate of mailing.

When sending the notice by first class mail, add two (2) additional calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.

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