Hawaii Roommate (Room Rental) Agreement Form

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The Hawaiian Roommate Contract Form is a generally recommended way for individuals sharing expenses in a living situation to keep their agreement set over a long period of time. In addition, since this is a legal contract, all signature parties may be held accountable in a court of law by the other should there be a breach of contract. A breach in contract may be defined as one party intentionally (or sometimes unintentionally) not following the conditions or terms that have been set forth in a document signed by that party and one or more others.

Roommates deciding to share a domicile should make sure to cover as much ground as possible in this type of agreement. In fact, anything that pertains to a living arrangement, expenses, rent, security, and even pets should be included. This is because the basic idea is to agree on terms and actions that will be taken in day to day life concerning each individual signing this contract. It should be mentioned that while this is a binding contract between roommates (once signed), the landlord or property owner is not bound to such an agreement (unless they are one of the roommates). This would require a separate contract signed with the landlord. It is considered wise if not mandatory for the landlord to approve each roommate not on the original lease. This will avoid future unpleasantries that may arise as a result of a troublesome roommate.

How to Write

Step 1 – Enter the full name of the landlord, the full name of the tenant, and the date (in this order) in the first paragraph.

Step 2 – In the second paragraph, enter the street address then the city on the blank lines of the paragraph labeled “Premises.”

Step 3 – In the “Lease Payments” paragraph enter the dollar amount that will be due each month as rent then the month and year the first payment will be due.

Step 4 – The “Late Charges” will require the calendar date of the month the rent is due entered on the first blank line. The next blank line will require the calendar day when the rent will be considered late. The third blank line should have the penalty fee’s dollar amount that shall be charged to the tenant each day the rent is late. The last available space of this paragraph will require the calendar day of the month where the tenant’s nonpayment shall be considered a violation of the contract.

Step 5 – The paragraph that begins with “Insufficient funds” will have one space available that will document the dollar amount a tenant must pay (to the landlord) for each check that has bounced.

Step 6 – Enter the number of days’ notice a tenant must rectify a notice of default (provided no laws apply) in the “Defaults” paragraph.

Step 7 – The next paragraph that shall require attention is labeled “Occupants.” Here, enter the maximum number of individuals that may lie with the tenant without landlord consent.

Step 8 – The “Utilities and Services” paragraph shall have several boxes which may be selected. Checking one of these boxes indicates the landlord shall pay and provide the indicated service to the tenant. If the landlord has agreed to provide a utility or service that has not been mentioned there will be a line to write it in.

Step 9 – The “Pets” paragraph will need the pet deposit amount or additional security deposit a landlord will require of a tenant with pets.

Step 10 – The “Abandonment” paragraph will give the landlord the right to enter the tenant’s domicile if he or she believes the tenant has abandoned the property. On the first blank line enter the number of consecutive days a tenant may be absent from the property before the landlord may consider the property abandoned. The second blank line will come into play for tenants who have not paid rent. Enter the number of days since the rent’s due date that a tenant may be missing before a landlord may consider the property abandoned.

Step 11 – The paragraph labeled “Governing Law” will require the tenant’s initial and the landlord’s tax excise number.

Step 12 – The “Display of Signs” paragraph is the next one to require information be entered. Here enter the number of days before the termination date (or the date when the tenant is to vacate) when a landlord is able to advertise, enter, and show the property to prospective tenants.

Step 13 – The “Noise” paragraph will require the times of day when furniture may be moved into and out of the premises to be entered.

Step 14 – In “Parking,” check the first box if the tenant will be provided a parking space for his/her vehicle(s). Then enter the location where they mark on the first available blank space and the number of vehicles they may park there in the second available blank space. If no parking arrangements shall be granted to the leaseholder check the second box and do not fill in the blanks.

Step 15 – The “Balconies” paragraph check the first box if the tenant is allowed to use the balcony for the listed actions in this paragraph. If the tenant may not use the balcony for any of these purposes, then check the second box.

Step 16 – The end of the document will require the landlord to sign and print his or her full name. Below this will be an area where up to two tenants may sign and print their names.