STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1108
RE: H.B. No. 391
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Commerce and Consumer Protection, to which was referred H.B. No. 391, H.D. 3, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD-TENANT CODE,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish a process for the early termination of a rental agreement for certain active duty servicemembers who receive military orders to vacate civilian housing and move into on-post government quarters, or who die while serving on active duty.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from two individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii Association of REALTORS. Your Committees received comments on this measure from two individuals.
Your Committees find that servicemembers can lose their housing allowance when they get divorced, no longer have dependents, or do not have physical custody of children. In this event, servicemembers will be required to move into barracks regardless of any valid lease to which they are a party. Your Committees further find that this measure will help to ensure that servicemembers will not have to face evictions or serious financial hardship if they are no longer eligible for a basic housing allowance and need to terminate a residential lease for off-post housing.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Specifying that servicemember tenants are required to request permission to maintain their housing allowance from their commanding officer before giving early termination notice to their landlord;
(2) Specifying that written proof from the commanding officer denying the servicemember's request to maintain their housing allowance is required to be shown to the landlord along with the early termination notice;
(3) Clarifying that the early termination notice starts after the landlord receives the commanding officer's written proof;
(4) Clarifying that the notice requirement for early termination from non-terminating tenants who fail to demonstrate the ability to pay the rent is thirty days rather than fifteen days;
(5) Inserting an effective date of July 1, 2030, to encourage further discussion; and
(6) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Commerce and Consumer Protection that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 391, H.D. 3, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 391, H.D. 3, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Commerce and Consumer Protection,
ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair
CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair