5 Tips for Tenants to secure a home in Hawaii.
When you are ready to search for your new residence and not quite yet
ready to purchase. Here are 5 Tips for Tenants in Hawaii.
1. Read the ad carefully: Do not ask a question that is already answered in the ad, whether it be electronic or print media.
Example: When the headlines read "Rent is $_____ Utilities Included"
and the ad copy says the amount of rent and "utilities include water, electric, water, sewer, rubbish".
You ask "Are Utilities included?"....
2. I've got to move in now. Can I move in today?
On several levels, this is the wrong thing to say. Your words will bring up a red flag. Most professional managing agents will require:
a. a complete Application b. a credit report c. copy of your photo id
THEN they will check your background, employment history, financial history.
This will take one or two days for verifications. Managers are aware and have been trained to question.
3. I can pay you SIX MONTHS in advance. Can I take the place without your checking on me.
Answer: NO, we cannot collect more than One Month Rent plus the equivalent
amount for the Security Deposit. It is illegal to collect more than one month's rent and deposit.
4. If I make a pet deposit, can I bring in my 45 pound English Bulldog?
For landlords who allow pets, you cannot collect more than ONE month's security
deposit in Hawaii. The landlord may also require you to purchase Renters Liability insurance,
and sign a "PET ADDENDUM".
5. Be ready to see the vacancy at the convenience of the Landlord or owner
If you cannot make the pre-scheduled time, then let the agent/landlord know
that you will not be there. Do not leave them hanging.
More will be added in future blogs. These 5 Tips for Tenants to secure a home should help you along the way.
After we get more comments, then this list will grow larger.
If you are searching for a rental, click on the question man to our website, when on the first page,
on the left you will see RENTALS. Click that and you will find links to the majority of all Rental advertisements.