Hawaii’s Hot Housing Market Is Squeezing Out Renters …The number of renters who are looking for a new place to live could rise when the eviction moratorium is lifted in August.

For the past six years, Rosanna Lewis lived in a comfortable two-bedroom home on Maui.

She felt lucky to pay just $1,500 per month. The 54-year-old fashion designer and seamstress felt even luckier when the pandemic hit last year and she still managed to pay her rent despite having less work.

But her housing situation is being upended anyway. Her landlord decided to sell and in mid-May, Lewis got a 45-day notice. She must be out of the house by July 1. And she knows she’s not the only one.


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