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Updated July 11, 2022

A Hawaii lease agreement is a document that allows a landlord to rent residential or commercial space to a qualified tenant. Before a lease is signed, the landlord will commonly request the tenant complete a rental application and pay a small fee to run a credit report. If approved, the tenant will be given a property condition report revealing any current damages in the premises and a lease will be signed thereafter.

Rental Application – To verify that a potential lessee is able to afford and maintain the property during the term of the contract.

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Agreement Types (6)

Commercial Lease Agreement – For any type of non-livable use such as space for a business to operate.

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Month-to-Month Agreement – A lease with no end date and after commencement, the landlord must provide forty-five (45) days notice to terminate while the tenant must provide at least twenty-eight (28) days according to § 521-71 .

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Rent-to-Own Lease Agreement – Typical residential contract that offers a tenant to buy the property from the landlord.

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Roommate (Room Rental) Agreement – Between the individuals living in a shared residential arrangement to create: times for cleaning, who pays for what bills, and anything else that should be distinguished between the parties.

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Standard Residential Agreement – Fixed-term arrangement typically for one (1) year.

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Sublease Agreement – A tenant that is under a legally binding lease with the landlord may re-rent the property to someone else, known as the sub-lessee, with the landlord’s consent.

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Required Disclosures (3)

Property Condition Form  ( § 521-42(6) ) – Prior to any written agreement, the landlord must provide a copy of the condition of the premises in addition to any furnishings or appliances.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – Federal law requires all landlords/managers to give this disclosure to all new tenants if the property was constructed before the year 1978.

Identification ( § 521-43 ) – Landlord must disclose any persons allowed onto the premises. In addition, the landlord must provide their tax excise number to the tenant so that they may be able to file for a low-income tax credit if they qualify.


According to  § 521-53 , all landlords are required to give at least two (2) days’ notice to the tenant prior to going inside for any scheduled appointment.

Security Deposits

Maximum ( § 521-44 ) – Landlord may not request more than one (1) month’s rent from the tenant. An extra fee may be added if the tenant has a pet.

Returning ( § 521-44 ) – Landlord must return the deposit within fourteen (14) days from the termination date.


Commercial  – Chapter 490, Article 2A

Residential  – Chapter 521 (also view the Landlord-Tenant Handbook )