HONOLULU (KHON2) — With businesses laying off employees, furloughs and pay cuts in a growing public health crisis, the last thing you want to worry about during the pandemic is how to keep up with your bills.
Here’s a guide to new deadlines, what’s changed and what to expect if you’re finding it difficult to make ends meet.
Relief for taxpayers affected by the covid-19 emergency
- 2019 Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to July 20, 2020.
Evictions and Foreclosures on hold during pandemic
- Evictions will not occur until April 30 at the earliest
- Foreclosures will not occur until April 30 at the earliest
Rent Increases will not occur for the duration of emergency period
- The March 4 Proclamation prohibits rent increases unless the rent increase was pursuant to a provision contained in the rental agreement.
Mortgage Payments are still ongoing
- The existing proclamations do not halt mortgage payments. There does not appear to be any authority in the law that would allow the Governor to halt mortgage payments. Such actions across the country have been undertaken in cooperation with private lenders, or through the federal government granting forbearance on Fannie and Freddie mortgages, which comprise about one half of the mortgages in the country.
- Customers facing financial hardship are urged to contact Customer Service so payment options and schedules can be arranged to help keep payments manageable. While customers will still be responsible for paying their electric bills, payment schedules and other options can help ease the financial challenges for those most affected by the COVID-19 situation.
- HECO: Service disconnections are suspended through May 17.
- Department of Water Supply (DWS), County of Hawaii is suspending service disconnections and waiving late payment fees through April 30, 2020.