It appears as though the Hawaii State House of Representatives and Senate are moving forward in tandem with bills that would make the victims of domestic violence a Protected Class. If a Property Manager has a tenant who is the victim of domestic violence living in a property he or she manages, the PM will have to let him or her break their lease. Then, if the tenant's lease expires, or there is no formal rental agreement in place, the Property Manager or Landlord would have to let the tenant stay in the unit as long as they pay their rent. It appears as though rents could not be increased for an indefinite period. And there is no provision for eviction if the tenant is terrorizing the neighborhood or tearing up the property. Property Managers, pay attention! Remember those of you who are not living in Hawaii, bills like this, once passed, have a tendency to move from one state to another. Take a look at the bill on the following links.
While all of us have a ton of compassion for victims of domestic violence, these efforts to accommodate the victims at the expense of the landlord and Property Manager instead of the abusing family member, need to be evaluated in terms of fairness to all concerned.
S.B. 2208 passed unamended.
H.B. 2762 passed with amendments.
Jerry Bangerter, RA - Property Manager, RE/MAX Kai Lani, 25 Kaneohe Bay Drive, #109; Kailua, HI 96734 -- 808-237-5333