THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

421

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO THE RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD-TENANT CODE.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 521, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"521-   Application screening fee. (a) When a landlord or the landlord's agent receives a request from an applicant to rent residential property, the landlord or the landlord's agent may charge the applicant an application screening fee at the time the application is processed for the residential property to cover the costs of obtaining information about the applicant. Information sought by the landlord or the landlord's agent charging the fee may include personal reference checks, tenant reports, and credit reports produced by any consumer credit reporting agency.

(b) The amount of the application screening fee shall not exceed $25. A landlord or the landlord's agent may charge only one application screening fee per application and shall not charge an application screening fee for each member of a household.

(c) Within ten days of a request by the applicant, the landlord or the landlord's agent shall provide to the applicant a receipt for payment of the application screening fee and a copy of any report obtained by the landlord or landlord's agent as a result of the applicant paying the screening fee.

(d) The landlord or the landlord's agent shall return to the applicant any amount of the application screening fee that is not used for the purposes authorized by this section.

(e) For the purposes of this section:

"Consumer credit reporting agency" has the same meaning as in section 489P-2.

"Credit report" has the same meaning as in section 489P-2."

SECTION 2. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2019.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Residential Landlord-tenant Code; Application Screening Fee; Tenant Report; Credit Report

 

Description:

Allows a landlord or landlord's agent to charge an application screening fee as part of the applicant screening process for renting residential property. Limits the amount that may be charged for an application screening fee. Requires the landlord or agent to return any unauthorized fee amounts to the applicant.

 

 

 

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