HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - For months now, landlords across Hawaii have been unable to evict tenants who are late on rent under the state’s eviction moratorium.
Gov. Ige’s 15th and latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation extends that moratorium, banning evictions until at least Dec. 31.
While the moratorium is intended to help tenants who have lost income due to the pandemic, its causing a burden on property owners who are trying to keep up with the bills.
[Read a previous report: As pandemic drags on and missed rent payments pile up, landlords scramble for options]
The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii provides legal assistance to both tenants and landlords to navigate the options to move forward.
Legal experts say the rules are tilted in the favor of tenants to ensure Hawaii residents aren’t forced into homelessness.