SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND
Harry V. Ball
This study is focused upon the legal controls of residential rents, their differential impressions of fairness upon the landlords, and the relationships between these and violations of rent ceilings in Honolulu in 1952.
Beginning prior to the establishment of Hawaii as a Territory of the United States, the rental housing business in Honolulu operated under what Friedrich has called "the normal law of landlord and tenant."
Dwellings are let according to the rules of property and contract. The landlord as owner of the dwelling can fix the rent of his property at whatever figure he chooses. If a tenant does not pay his rent, the landlord has such remedies as distress and eviction. Upon the expiration of the lease, the landlord can take possession of the property, refusing to renew the lease for any or no reason. The competition between landlords is supposed to protect the tenant against the charge of extortionate rents. 1
When the United States became involved in World War II, statutory____________________