Hawaii 5-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit Premises

Last Updated: March 18, 2023.

About this Form Set
This document set contains legally compliant 5-day notice form designed to notify the tenant of the landlord's intention to terminate the lease if the tenant fails to pay the outstanding rent in full. A set of instructions is also included.

This document set has been professionally crafted to adhere to the requirements of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 521, Residential Landlord-Tenant Code, Section 521-68. The notice serves as the initial step in the eviction process, demanding that the tenant pay the full amount of past due rent within five (5) days or face termination of the lease. The notice form is provided in a standard Microsoft Word format, allowing for easy modification, and can be instantly downloaded after purchase and reused.
Compliance with Lease Agreement Terms for Notice Delivery

Before delivering the notice to the tenant, landlords must ensure that the lease agreement terms do not grant the tenant additional rights beyond the minimum requirements set by Hawaii law. The lease agreement may specify additional requirements for the landlord’s notice of nonpayment of rent, such as a more extended notice period than the five (5) day minimum specified by Hawaii law. Landlords should review the relevant lease provisions carefully to ensure compliance with all requirements for providing the notice to the tenant. Failure to comply with lease terms may result in the notice’s invalidation and eviction delay.

Essential Elements for the Notice

Before a landlord can file for eviction, the landlord must provide the tenant with a notice to quit that complies with Haw. Rev. Stat. § 521-68 and the lease agreement. Unless the lease agreement imposes additional requirements, the notice must satisfy the following five (5) requirements. The notice must:

  1. be in writing;
  2. specify the amount of rent that is past due;
  3. state that the tenant has at least five (5) business days from the receipt of the notice to pay the rent owed;
  4. inform the tenant that unless payment is made within the required time frame, the rental agreement will be terminated; and
  5. be properly addressed to the tenant and delivered to the tenant in a manner that can be verified (by personal delivery or by posting the notice in a conspicuous place on the dwelling unit if the tenant cannot be served with notice).