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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Honolulu Rentals From Hell

Honolulu Rentals From Hell

Does your old apartment look like this? Send us your rental horror stories.


I hear a lot of rental horror stories, and I’m always amazed at the lengths that homeowners and renters will go to in order to get by, whether that means renting out a walk-in closet, as a homeowner in Kailua reportedly has (I’m pretty sure it’s an urban myth but would love confirmation if anyone has it), or subdividing a basement into 10 “one-bedroom” rentals, as a couple in Kaimuki has allegedly done.

In any city, you’ll find less-than-desirable rentals, and Honolulu is no exception. Any time you’ve got supply, demand and a housing code riddled with easily manipulated loopholes, you have the potential for deplorable rentals. Whether it's the ugliest apartment you've ever called home, a rat-infested dump or the size of a closet, if you have a rental-from-hell story, we’d love to hear it. You can remain anonymous, and any associated names and addresses will be omitted. Please submit your stories (and pictures, if you’ve got ’em) to

And just to be fair, if you’re a respectable landlord with an affordable, well-maintained, sanitary and safe rental that you’re looking to fill, we’d love to hear from you, too.

Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 in Permalink

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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