Residents on Navy’s water line file motion to block landlord from charging rent

An emergency motion has been filed in court to block the landlord at Kapilina Beach Homes from charging tenants rent and utilities due to contaminated water.
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 5:56 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2022 at 9:20 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An emergency motion has been filed in court to block the landlord at Kapilina Beach Homes from charging tenants rent and utilities due to contaminated water.

The emergency motion was filed on behalf of three residents who say their family members have gotten sick because of the Navy’s fuel contamination at the former military housing.

Because the area is now civilian housing, residents say they are not receiving much assistance from the military.

“We’re waiting to find out if we have the option to move into a hotel and get reimbursed, but we are still living here, and I didn’t feel like there was any option,” said Chelsea Campbell, a Kapilina resident.

“Our idea, our thought is, until we have clean water coming through the pipes into our house, cash should not be flowing the other way,” said Attorney Jim Bickerton.

In a statement, Kapilina Beach Homes’ management said:

We are not charging any termination fees for lease breaks or asking residents to release any claims during this disruption. Any resident who wishes to terminate their lease or is dissatisfied with the terms of their lease termination during this disruption should speak with the management team. Until the Navy remediates the water supply, treatment and distribution system, we are assisting our residents with delivery of large water bottles, credits for offsite laundry, access to shower facilities and continuing to waive all water charges.”

“We have also been tirelessly advocating for the Navy to extend its support to cover Kapilina Beach Home’s civilian residents, and we are very pleased that the Navy has confirmed this is occurring. They have also confirmed they are developing a flushing plan for our community.”

A hearing on the emergency motion is set for Friday morning.

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