Information for Owners of Rental Property

In the State of Hawaii, a real estate license is required to sell, buy, lease, and manage real property. The law provides an exception for individuals, and an individual can sell, buy, lease, and manage his/her own property without a real estate license.

If you decide to self-manage your property, you will need to be familiar with, and comply with, all applicable Hawaii laws. For example, under Hawaii’s Residential Landlord-Tenant Code, if you offer to rent your property and live off-island, you’ll need to find an on-island agent to act on your behalf. The on-island agent doesn’t have to be a licensed real
estate professional, unless he/she is involved in real estate activities, like renting or offering to rent the property.

If you’re off-island, you’ll also need to designate a local contact who resides on the same island as the transient accommodation.

The local contact may be an individual or an entity with a principal place of business on the same island as the property. Because they are on the same island as the transient accommodation, the local contact may be able to assist with issues which may arise relevant to the transient accommodation. The on-island local contact doesn’t have to be a licensed real estate professional, unless he/she is also involved in real estate activities, like renting or offering to rent the property.