Hawaii Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

Last Updated: March 30, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

A Hawaii month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time. The agreement remains active until either party gives proper notice to end it.

Note: For fixed term leases in Hawaii (i.e., 1-year), click here.

How do Hawaii Month-to-Month Lease Agreements Work?

A landlord and tenant can enter into a month-to-month lease through a written contract or oral agreement. It does not have to be written.

Once the lease is active, both parties are given full rights under Hawaii landlord tenant law. This includes the landlord’s responsibility to provide a living space, the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent in a timely manner and all other rights and responsibilities.

How Much Notice is Needed to End the Lease?

In Hawaii, a landlord may terminate a month-to-month lease agreement by giving at least 45 days’ notice and a tenant may terminate a month-to-month lease agreement by giving at least 28 days’ notice.

Notice must be provided in written form.

How Much Notice is Needed to Raise the Rent?

In Hawaii, to increase rent on a month-to-month tenant, a landlord must provide a 45-Day Notice before the increased rent goes into effect.

Notice must also be provided in written form.

Are There Notice Delivery Requirements?

In Hawaii there are notice delivery requirements. Notice may be delivered in person or delivered at the place of business through which the lease agreement has made the place for receipt of communication.

How are Month-to-Month Tenants Evicted in Hawaii?

After the landlord gives proper notice, and that period of time elapses, the lease expires and is no longer active.

If a tenant remains on the property after lease expiry, the landlord may move forward with the eviction process to remove the tenant by filing a complaint with the applicable county court in Hawaii. The process for eviction can be completed in 1-4 months but can take longer depending on the circumstances.

For more information on the eviction process in Hawaii, click here.