3: Housing

You will probably also be required to pay a “security deposit.” A “security deposit” is an amount of money that is typically equal to one month’s rent. The owner “holds” or keeps this deposit until you move out. If there is no damage when you move out, then the owner typically refunds you the deposit to you, but if there is some damage, the owner legally has the right to keep all or part of the deposit.

Be aware that some apartments or houses will require you to pay for the cost of utilities in addition to rent. “Utilities” refers to services such as electricity, water, cable TV and internet service. Depending on your lifestyle, these costs can get expensive, especially the cost of electricity which is relatively high in Hawai’i.