What if I Can’t Pay My Rent?

Category: Tenant Rights & Laws Last Updated: Thursday, 05 July 2018 Published: Sunday, 21 September 2014 Written by ATA Admin

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What if I Can’t Pay My Rent?

A landlord can evict you for non-payment of rent. As a tenant, you are legally responsible to pay the full amount of rent in a timely manner. Even when you sign the lease with other people, each person may be solely responsible for the full amount of the rent. So, if one of the people who signed the lease leaves or can’t pay the rent, the other person(s) will be responsible to pay the full amount due.

The lease will dictate the terms of your rental payments. Generally, the rent is due on the first of the month. If you don’t pay your rent on time, the landlord can file an eviction action against you. It doesn’t matter if you are disabled, your money was stolen, you just lost your job, it is the wintertime and/or you have children. You can still be evicted for non-payment of rent.


If you will not be able to pay your rent, you should tell your landlord immediately. You should not wait until the day it is due or a few days later. Explain to him or her why you can’t pay the rent and ask to make a payment arrangement. If your landlord agrees to enter into a payment arrangement, get this agreement in writing and keep a copy for your records. Remember, if you do not keep the agreement, the landlord will be able to evict you. The eviction process is explained on our Eviction Process page. When you do have an unexpected loss of income, you may be able to get help from a local agency or the Department of Public Welfare for rent payments. See our housing resources page for additional information.






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