Can a landlord collect Honolulu Westloch Oahu rent 7 months in advance?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Best Homes Hawaii RB-13537

Can a landlord collect Honolulu Westloch Oahu rent 7 months in advance?

Recently a potential Westloch tenant applicant approached me to offer 7 months advanced rent if we gave them a $100+ (one hundred  dollar) discount on the monthly rent.  the owner wanted me to accept the offer, thinking that was a nice bulk sum to collect!

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After research, I had to show the owner the Hawaii Revised Statutes HRS531-44 which, in summary, states "The landlord may NOT require or receive from or on behalf of a tenant at the beginning of a rental agreement, any money other than the money for the forst month's rent and a security deposit as provided in this section.  The security deosit shall not be construed as payment of the LAST month's rent by the tenant.....

The above is for residential real estate with rentals up to one year. For commercal leases, there are often different laws that apply.  If you want to know more details, review the statutes or consult a legal professional.  If you need someone on Oahu to handle your single family home rental management, then contact Bruce.

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Comments (4)

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

When I lived and did property management in Hawaii - I loved the landlords give 45 days notice and tenants give 28 * I've never had the 2 notice periods be DIFFERENT

Mar 12, 2012 07:55 PM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

Wallace, the courts here seem to strongly favor the tenants. You were going and I was entering when you were here. I started in RE end of 80. Interest rates were at 17-18 percent then.

Mar 13, 2012 02:41 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Bruce - That is important info for landlords and tenants in Hawaii to know. So offering incentives to tenants for paying a few months in advance wouldn't work there.

Mar 15, 2012 01:52 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Who knew? You apparently, and that's good because landlord-tenant laws are complex issues. It's always good to have a professional who you can trust manage rental properties. Have a good weekend Bruce. D

Mar 16, 2012 08:26 AM