Hawaii Seal Hawaii Revised Statutes


Landlord's remedies for failure by tenant to pay rent

§521-68 Landlord’s remedies for failure by tenant to pay rent. (a) A landlord or the landlord’s agent may, any time after rent is due, demand payment thereof and notify the tenant in writing that unless payment is made within a time mentioned in the notice, not less than five business days after receipt thereof, the rental agreement will be terminated. If the tenant cannot be served with notice as required, notice may be given the tenant by posting the same in a conspicuous place on the dwelling unit. If the tenant remains in default, the landlord may thereafter bring a summary proceeding for possession of the dwelling unit or any other proper proceeding, action, or suit for possession.

(b) A landlord or the landlord’s agent may bring an action for rent alone at any time after the landlord has demanded payment of past due rent and notified the tenant of the landlord’s intention to bring such an action. [L 1972, c 132, pt of §1; am L 1978, c 167, §1; gen ch 1985]

Case Notes

In action for summary possession for tenant’s failure to pay rent, tenant may assert breach of implied warranty of habitability as defense. 61 H. 144, 598 P.2d 161.