In addition to the videos above, you may also view a recent webinar on Changes to the Landlord-Tenant Code, Mediation, and Rental Assistance Programs hosted by the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Mediation Center of the Pacific, and Catholic Charities Hawaii, and also view the presentation materials linked below:
I received an eviction notice from my landlord. What should I do?
Contact the State Landlord-Tenant Hotline (808-586-2634) or a legal services agency, such as the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (808-536-4302), to seek information about your rights as a tenant. Please know that the landlord-tenant law has changed due to the impact of Act 57 (Session Laws of Hawaii 2021).
What about the federal CDC Eviction Order?
On August 26, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ended the the federal eviction order, which had been put into effect by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 3, 2021. This means that there is no longer any federal prohibition against evictions for non-payment of rent. To learn more about the Supreme Court decision, please click here. If you have questions about landlord-tenant rights in light of the Supreme Court decision, please contact the State Landlord-Tenant Hotline or a legal services agency, such as the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii.
Is there guidance from HUD or other federal agencies on how to respond to households at risk of eviction?
Please refer to the HUD Evictions Guidance page from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. The page includes information about the response from HUD on a national level, including fighting unfair evictions, providing legal assistance, keeping people housed, connecting people with rent and utility relief, and providing tools to help public housing authorities, HUD-assisted Landlords/Tenants, and people experiencing homelessness.
I heard that I have a right to mediation if I am being evicted. How do I get in contact with mediation services?
Please refer to the list of mediation centers in your community:
I’m behind on my rent. What resources are available to assist?
If you are behind on rent due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to apply first with the following programs listed below:
What if I do not qualify for any of the rental assistance programs listed above? Are there any other resources available for rental assistance?
Yes, there are other programs aimed to assist households who are at risk of homelessness due to eviction. Contact the programs below to see if you may qualify for assistance. You will generally need to complete a short intake assessment. Each program may provide a combination of short-term financial assistance and support services (typically 1-3 months, depending on the program), and you will generally need to demonstrate the ability to pay future months rent after the assistance has ended. Please be aware that programs have different eligibility criteria and funding may be limited.
What if I am homeless and need assistance with emergency shelter?
If you are homeless and need Emergency Shelter, please click on the following link for Emergency Shelter Vacancies, which are updated Monday to Friday. For assistance with referral to Emergency Shelter, or help with a Homeless Verification Letter, please contact a Homeless Outreach Provider in your community.
Are there other community resources that may be able to help?
Please click on the different resources listed below, which may provide help with employment, public benefits, and other types of support: