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Maui County tenant, landlord talk slated; eviction ban to ease

The Maui News

With the statewide eviction moratorium ending in August, Maui officials will be offering information for Maui County landlords and tenants this Thursday.

State Rep. Troy Hashimoto and Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura, along with landlord and tenant attorneys, mediation administrators, and rent and utility assistance administrators, will participate in a “Roundtable: Maui County Landlords and Tenants Assistance” talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Akaku Channels 53 and 54.

They will discuss key landlord-tenant code, rent and utility assistance programs and free mediation services available to Maui County residents. Sugimura in an announcement urged people to get information to tap into federal, state and county support.

“We know that there are families and hardworking residents who haven’t connected with these services yet and I’m really concerned about that,” she said. “It’s a lot of information but there is also so much help. You can make appointments to have someone walk you through the paperwork and services are even being translated to help language barriers. We want to help everyone who needs it.”

A moratorium on evictions that Gov. David Ige imposed in April 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted Aug. 6, according to an announcement last week. Renters will have a 30-day pause on evictions after receiving an eviction notice, and Ige urged both renters and landlords to contact their local mediation centers about their rights.

Thursday’s “Roundtable: Maui County Landlords and Tenants Assistance” talk will outline the end of the moratorium, the resources available in Maui County, how to reach out for support and options available for both landlords and tenants.

For more information, contact Sugimura’s cell (808) 870-8047, office (808) 270-7939, or email YukiLei.Sugimura@MauiCounty.us.

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