Honolulu, HI asked in Landlord - Tenant, Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for Hawaii

Q: Rented home,w/o alarms, fixed rotten stairs prior to moving in,nor got check 4 repair,not renting condition, able 2 sue?

investigation found zero fireworks or any known combustible items near reported start of fire location.fire investigator’s/landlords insurance determined cause unknown. First week moving in home, off and on we would smell burning wood but didn’t see smoke, (ironically the location witnesses said to see fire is where smell came),thought neighbors having BBQ times so ignored it. had a few breaker trips, a faulty GCIF outlet in kitchen(now know), which constantly trip. lights underneath kitchen cabs turn off or flicker at times, or not work for days w/the switch left on. house was infested w/ground termite. We put tape on the beams in all rooms to not sleep in sand. investigator’s thought burnt breaker box found downstairs was the main, but missed the very outdated main box upstairs unscathed by fire I have vids/pics.Lost deposit case due to new judge saying cell text show both parties working together but landlord is a 40yr+ Real/prop mngr n took 3wks to say why won’t return deposit.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Hawaii attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Your question straddles several categories and I can only speak for the Personal Injury aspect of your question, not the L-T issues. When you mention "unscathed," it sounds like you might be referring to the breaker box. If there were no injuries, and I hope you are all okay, there would not be grounds for a personal injury claim. However, the other issues you describe are things that a Hawaii landlord-tenant would have the most insight into. Good luck

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