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).