Hawaii State Laws Affecting Tenants in Domestic Violence Situations

Find out Hawaii rules on state laws that protect tenants who are victims of domestic violence.

Hawaii extends special protections to tenants who are victims of domestic violence. Here are some of the domestic violence (DV) laws that apply to tenants:

  • Landlord entitled to proof of DV status
  • Early termination right for DV victim
  • DV victim has the right to have the locks changed
  • Penalty for falsely reporting domestic violence (including obtaining early termination)
  • Landlord or court may bifurcate the lease, which means that the landlord may evict the abuser, but not the victim of the domestic violence
  • Landlord may not disclose information gathered with respect to tenant's exercise of rights under these laws, unless the tenant consents in writing, the information is required or relevant in a lawsuit, or the disclosure is required by law

Check the Hawaii statute (Haw. Rev. Stat. §  521-A) to see if the law applies to your situation. See the Laws and Legal Researchsection of Nolo for advice on finding and reading statutes and court decisions.

If you are facing a domestic violence situation (including stalking) and want to move, check with local police or a battered women’s shelter regarding resources and services in your area, including how to get a temporary restraining order (TRO) from a court. For information and referrals to local agencies, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE. This organization’s website also includes links to state coalitions against domestic violence.  Another useful resource is WomensLaw.org, which includes extensive information on state laws relevant to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Books, Forms & eGuides