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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Resources available for Maui County residents on eviction moratorium, consumer protections

Maui County residents are protected by an eviction moratorium under state emergency rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other consumer protection resources are also available.

“With thousands of our residents out of work, it important for everyone to know that no one can be evicted from a residential dwelling for failure to pay rent, at least until April 30,” Mayor Victorino said.

“I encourage everyone to access the helpful resources provided by the state on consumer rights and protections during the COVID-19 epidemic.”

Gov. David Ige’s Fifth Supplemental Proclamation includes a provision about non-payment of rent. However, a tenant may be required to move if there’s a material breach of a rental agreement or lease, or if the unit is unfit for occupancy. The governor’s proclamation expires April 30, 2020, but it may be extended.

Residents who need more information on the eviction moratorium can call (808) 586-2634 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Another resource is the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, which can be reached at 1-800-499-4302.

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs resources can be accessed at https://cca.hawaii.gov/ocp/covid19/. The website provides information and resources for:

Landlord-Tenant Guidance

Price Gouging

Financial and Mortgage Relief Options

Consumer Scam Alerts

Free Credit Reports

Travel Cancellation

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Warnings

Business and Health Insurance Questions

Hawaii Attorney General’s Office Resources

For landlord tenant frequently asked questions, go to https://cca.hawaii.gov/ocp/landlord-tenant-faqs/

The Landlord-Tenant code can be found at https://cca.hawaii.gov/ocp/landlord_tenant/

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