Landlord & Tenant, Fair Housing Frequently Asked Questions

I am having a hard time paying my rent and I am not sure if I am going to be able to next month. What should I do?

If you have to dip a heavy hand into your savings account in order to pay your rent the first step would be to try to get rental assistance. There are many government programs that can help. This is something that can take a while and you need to be prepared for that. Meaning start the processes the first time you dip into your savings.

It appears that you may be past this point so your first step should be to call your landlord. If the situation is temporary (meaning paying the rent the following month and each month after will not be an issue) offer to work out a payment plan with your landlord. If you are current on your rent and are in good standing with your landlord this should not be an issue. For the most part they are understanding and are willing to work with you when times get tight. If the situation will be prolonged or you’re unable to come to an agreement with your landlord you should make arrangements to vacate the unit as soon as possible and notify your landlord with a 30-day notice. Be aware that you ARE responsible for paying the rent through those 30 days. Some times a landlord may be willing to waive the 30-day notice but this is something that will need to be worked out on an individual basis.