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State Reminds Renters of Eviction Moratorium and Relief Options

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.

The Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is reminding residential landlords and tenants of the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent. Gov. Ige’s Thirteenth Proclamation issued Wednesday extends the period through the end of October. In addition, renters may meet the conditions of the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this month, which is effective through the end of the year. Those that meet the guidelines in the CDC order would also need to execute a signed declaration form.  

OCP Executive Director Stephen Levins said, “Renters need to know their rights and landlords should not be threatening action that they are not allowed to take. However, renters should make their best effort to meet their financial obligation, and parties are encouraged to work out payment arrangements and take advantage of available relief options.” The State recently announced its Rent Relief & Housing Assistance Program for rent payments due between Aug. 1 and Dec. 28, 2020. More information on the program is available at www.hihousinghelp.com.

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