(BIVN) – Although an emergency proclamation signed by Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige put an end to the state moratorium on evictions, new federal guidance will extend to almost the entire State of Hawaiʻi.
“For all Hawaii tenants and landlords: We have now confirmed twice with the CDC that the new federal eviction moratorium applies to ALL counties across the state of Hawaii,” tweeted U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaiʻi) on Friday morning, the day after the governor’s proclamation announcement.
The State of Hawaiʻi followed up with a news release Friday afternoon, saying that Governor Ige received guidance from the Centers for Disease Control that the Eviction Order issued by the CDC on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021 currently applies to almost the entire State of Hawaiʻi.
The State wrote that the counties of Hawaiʻi, Maui, Kauaʻi and the City and County of Honolulu have either substantial or high community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 according to the CDC map (posted below). Only Kalawao County, essentially Kalaupapa, has a low level of transmission.
According the State of Hawaiʻi:
The CDC’s Eviction Order only applies to “covered persons.” To be eligible, tenants/renters must attest that they have used best efforts to obtain all available governmental assistance for housing, and they must have made not more than $99,000 as an individual, not more than $198,000 as a joint filer, or are not required to report any income.
Renters should fill out the CDC declaration form to see if they qualify. If a renter qualifies, they must provide the completed and signed CDC declaration form to their landlord or landlord’s representative. Renters who don’t will not be protected from eviction.
“I encourage renters to apply for rental assistance, as counties have funding available,” said Gov. Ige.
Landlords and tenants should seek legal assistance if they have any questions regarding their rights and the impact of the CDC order. Eviction moratorium resources for each county are listed here.
The temporary eviction ban will continue until a county no longer has substantial or high levels of community transmission for 14 consecutive days or on Oct. 3, whichever comes earlier.