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What Is a Hawaii Rental Application?

In Hawaii, a rental application is used to collect information from individuals who are interested in applying for an apartment or property rental. A landlord will use the same form to collect information from all applicants and use the information submitted to determine the best candidate for the rental.

For those who are unfamiliar with rental applications, they tend to ask personal questions, such as income, previous addresses, and whether or not you've had any prior evictions or bankruptcies. In addition, the processing of a rental application generally includes a fee. A rental application fee averages $25 to $75.

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The Hawaii Rental Application Process

The Hawaii rental application allows landlords to verify a prospective tenant's background information and credit history before signing a lease agreement. In Hawaii, there is no maximum for an application fee; the landlord may ask for any amount and the fee is non-refundable.

The security deposit for approved tenants in Hawaii may not exceed one (1) month's rent.

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A Sample Hawaii Rental Application with Examples for Each Step

The rental application should include the following sections:

  • Prospective Property including complete address, type of unit, and square footage
  • Personal Information about the Applicant including full name, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number or Hawaii state ID, current address, phone number(s), and email address
  • Rental History that includes the last three addresses, including current/previous address(es), name and phone number of landlord/manager, how long they lived at the address, and reason for leaving
  • Employment History/Income for the past five years, including current/previous employer(s), address, position, dates of employment, supervisor name and phone number, salary/monthly income, the reason for leaving, other sources of income, monthly income, name, address, and phone number of provider, bank account(s), bank balance(s), and credit card accounts/balance owed
  • Other Occupants including full name and relationship to the prospective tenant
  • Personal References (non-related) including name, phone number, and how long known; this section must be initialed and dated to give the landlord permission to contact the reference
  • Contact in Case of Emergency including name, phone number, and relationship to the prospective tenant
  • Vehicles including make and model
  • Pet Information if any; if there are any restrictions regarding pets on the property, they should be listed on the rental application
  • Personal History/Additional Information including the need for a service dog, smoking status, whether the tenant has a waterbed, prior evictions, prior bankruptcies, and prior criminal convictions
  • Dated Agreement and Authorized Signature including consent to a credit/criminal background check and the non-refundable application fee

Rental Application Resources for Tenants in Hawaii

Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice   

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/Housing Counseling: Hawaii    

Hawaii State Judiciary         

Hawaii Rental Application Laws

In Hawaii, a security deposit may not be more than one month’s rent, and a landlord may not require a tenant to pay more than the security deposit and the first month’s rent. In addition, the security deposit is to be returned to the tenant no later than fourteen days after the lease has ended (Haw. Rev. Stat. § 521-44).

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