UHERO: Thousands in Hawai‘i are Delinquent on Rent

October 6, 2020, 7:26 AM HST · Updated October 9, 8:42 AM
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A new report compiled by the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization shows that the number of tenants fully caught up on rent dropped from 95% prior to the pandemic to 85% in August.

Also, severe delinquencies rose to more than 8% of rental households.  The report calls the trend troubling saying that while 5% of tenants with a 60-day delinquency may seem small, that figure represents over 9,000 households.

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The report by Philip Garboden states that while most tenants are paying rent, signs point to increased hardship. The study notes that job figures suggest a good portion of households that are current on rent, have experienced at least one job loss, forcing them to sacrifice well-being.

A total of 271 landlords and property managers completed the survey providing data on more than 6,700 rental units across the state.

The full report is available here.

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