Land Management Division Rent Relief

Land Management Division Rent Relief Requests for Lessees, Licensees, and Permittees (COVID-19 Response)

The Hawaiian Homes Commission recently approved the authorization of rent relief requests submitted by various lessees, licensees, and permittees statewide. The rental relief comes as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic and emergency proclamations implemented by the Governor.

Qualified applicants should complete the above rental relief application form and include the supporting materials detailed below and submit it either by e-mail to [email protected] or via postal mail Attention DHHL/LMD P.O. Box 1879, Honolulu, HI, 96805.

  • To be considered for rent relief, the following information shall be submitted by a Lessee, licensee, and/or permittee:
    • A completed Rent Relief Application  which indicates a clear written justification on the need for rent relief and the direct impact that the COVID-19 outbreak has had on that need;
    • Produce written evidence of efforts made by the applicant in availing themselves to Federal Relief from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) for assistance programs. Applicant should demonstrate an application was submitted to the SBA and/or loan application with the bank to qualify for rent payment assistance;
    • For businesses not able to qualify for SBA assistance, provide other evidence of COVID-19 impact to business operations.
    • The deadline for all Rent Relief Applications must be submitted to and received by DHHL no later than Friday, May 29, 2020, at 4 p.m. (HST). The deadline can be extended at the discretion of the chairman, Hawaiian Homes Commission.
  • If rent relief is considered, rent relief shall cover a period of six (6) months, effective as of April 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020. Rent relief will be subject to the following conditions:
    • Based upon an amortized interest rate of NOT less than four percent (4.0%) applied against the six (6) month rent relief period balance a monthly installment will be established. When this amount is combined with the current base monthly rental a total monthly rental will then be established and become due and payable on the first day of every month commencing on April 1, 2021, and expiring on dates as identified below:
      • Based on the terms as described in a respective disposition, terms which expire within a five (5) year period of March 31, 2026, a repayment period shall be determined and applied in accordance with the respective expiration date of the subject.
      • Based on the terms as described in a respective disposition which expires beyond the five (5) year period of March 31, 2026, a three (3) year or thirty-six (36) month repayment period will be applied accordingly.
    • If applicable, no reimbursement of utility (water, electricity, etc.) expenses advanced by DHHL can be considered for deferment. Therefore, payments for utilities shall continue to  be required;
    • Should the terms and conditions as proposed respectively above be satisfied and the rent relief balance be cured in full within the applicable repayment period as described above, the repayment plan shall cease immediately with the respective base monthly lease rental installment as established remaining intact;
    • Should the desire to cure any rent relief balance before the respective repayment period expires, the repayment plan shall cease immediately without any pre-payment penalty and the respective base monthly lease rental installment as established remaining intact;
    • Failure to comply with the repayment plan for any rent relief balance when due and payable will result in DHHL exercising its authority to consider terminating the respective general lease, license agreement, and or permit without recourse and initiating legal action to collect the outstanding deficient rent balance;
    • The base monthly lease rental as established prior to commencement of the “rent relief” period (April 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020) shall effectively re-commence immediately as of October 1, 2020;
    • An amendment to reflect the terms and conditions as specified above shall be made effective as of April 1, 2020, for all general lease, license, and/or permit dispositions that apply and receive this rent relief opportunity.
    • The Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission may set forth other terms and conditions deemed prudent and necessary;
    • The Amendment to Lease/License document shall be subject to the review and approval of the State of Hawaii Department of the Attorney General; and
    • All other terms and conditions of respective general leases and/or licenses taking advantage of this opportunity shall remain in full force and effect.