Greetings. I have a question about tenant responsibilities under the standard Hawaiian rental agreement, hopefully this is the right place to ask some questions. I'm about to terminate my rental agreement in the next few days, and my landlord is insisting that I have the place professionally cleaned. I will leave the unit in a clean, liveable condition, but can she legally use my security deposit to pay for a professional cleaning? I've searched through the relevant laws and regulations, and have found two relevant things. 1, it's my responsibility to leave the unit in like condition as when I found it, and 2, the landlord can use the security deposit to have the unit cleaned except for 'normal wear-and-tear' issues. I don't see how it gets more normal than dirt on the outside of windows or dust in the nooks and crannies. Can anyone provide any insight on this issue for me? Thanks.
Hi there – sorry, I didn't see this until now. You've probably already made some headway on this, but it sounds like you're getting screwed a bit. I'd just call up someone at DCCA and ask. If I recall correctly, they have a dedicated phone line but it's only staffed part time.