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Resources for Maui County Residents on Eviction Moratorium, Consumer Protections

The home pictured is a recent Na Hale O Maui sale in Kahului. The home was appraised at $495,000 and the NHOM price was at $260,000. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath home has 1,080 sq. ft. of living area on a 7,501 sq. ft. lot. Back and side yards are fenced. The interior was freshly painted, new dual glazed windows were installed, and a new range and refrigerator were purchased along with wooden window blinds and a solar hot water heater.

Maui County residents are protected by an eviction moratorium under state emergency rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other consumer protection resources are also available.

“With thousands of our residents out of work, it important for everyone to know that no one can be evicted from a residential dwelling for failure to pay rent, at least until April 30,” Mayor Victorino said.

“I encourage everyone to access the helpful resources provided by the state on consumer rights and protections during the COVID-19 epidemic.”

Gov. David Ige’s Fifth Supplemental Proclamation includes a provision about non-payment of rent. However, a tenant may be required to move if there’s a material breach of a rental agreement or lease, or if the unit is unfit for occupancy. The governor’s proclamation expires April 30, 2020, but it may be extended.

Residents who need more information on the eviction moratorium can call (808) 586-2634 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Another resource is the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, which can be reached at 1-800-499-4302.

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs resources can be accessed at https://cca.hawaii.gov/ocp/covid19/. The website provides information and resources for:

  • Landlord-Tenant Guidance
  • Price Gouging
  • Financial and Mortgage Relief Options
  • Consumer Scam Alerts
  • Free Credit Reports
  • Travel Cancellation
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Warnings
  • Business and Health Insurance Questions
  • Hawaii Attorney General’s Office Resources

 For landlord tenant frequently asked questions, go to https://cca.hawaii.gov/ocp/landlord-tenant-faqs/ The Landlord-Tenant code can be found at https://cca.hawaii.gov/ocp/landlord_tenant/

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