Interview with Dan O’Meara: The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii lawyer works to help tenants and their landlords survive the COVID-19 shutdown

September 18, 2020

What’s the latest on state and federal eviction protection due to COVID-19 upheaval?

Currently, the state eviction moratorium, stopping evictions for nonpayment of rent, expires on Sept. 30. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) ordered an eviction moratorium on all eviction for nonpayment of rent until Dec. 31. There is at least one court case challenging the CDC moratorium in Georgia, but a final decision by the end of the year, impacting Hawaii, is unlikely. …

Also, there’s a misconception that a landlord can send a regular 45-day notice to terminate a month-to-month tenancy after the moratorium ends. … Almost all 45-day notices for month-to-month tenants are prohibited under the governor’s emergency proclamations separate from the moratorium. In addition, there is a prohibition against rent increases through the proclamations.

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