Commend State for Pet-Friendly Housing Law


Target: Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie

Goal: Praise new law that will reduce pet abandonment.

Hawaii property owners and tenants will now be able to negotiate their contracts to allow a household pet to reside on the premises. This greatly reduces the chances of pets being surrendered to shelters or abandoned due to housing issues. Prior to the enactment of this legislation, property owners could not collect a pet deposit, and some landlords and building managers were reluctant to rent to tenants with pets because they were unable to add an additional deposit for any pet related damage. The new provision allows property managers and tenants to negotiate a deposit, not to exceed one month’s rent, to allow a pet to reside in the rental unit. The new law allows a six month period for rental contracts to be amended to allow for a pet.

More than 60% of Hawaiians have a pet. Housing issues, including lack of access to affordable pet-friendly rentals, are one of the leading reasons people surrender their pets to local shelters. With the enactment of the new law, this situation will change and for the better.

Inga Gibson, Hawaii state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said, “We hope this new law will create access to more pet-friendly housing to keep pets and people together, and to reduce the number of pets surrendered to shelters or abandoned due to housing issues. Furthermore, property managers and tenants can now agree on a single deposit, rather than charging more each month in rent to have a pet as some property managers have been doing instead.”

This new law is great news for pets and pet owners in Hawaii. Commend Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie for passing this legislation.


Dear Governor Abercrombie,

Thank you for passing a law to allow landlords to collect a pet deposit so tenants can keep pets in rental houses. Without a pet deposit, many landlords felt uncomfortable about renting to someone with a pet, which could potentially damage or destroy their property. Under the new law, both landlords and tenants are happy: the house is protected and the pet owner can keep a pet in the house.

This law means a lot for animals. Surrender of animals because of housing issues is the number one reason pets are given to animal shelters. With the passing of this new law, many more Hawaiians will be able to keep their pets with them and out of shelters. Thank you for passing this law to keep pets with their owners.


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  1. KatWrangler says:

    Governor Neil Abercrombie: thank you acknowledging that our pets are our family. You’ve taken the steps to keep theses families together. Show the rest of the country how it’s done!

  2. I would NEVER pay rent to someone that tries to tell me I can’t have animals. I’d gladly have gone elsewhere. 🙂

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