Rent Relief Guide

Rent Relief Guide

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Scott Dylan Westerlund
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Throughout the pandemic, millions of Americans struggled to afford rent. Now that we’re a year and a few months into the pandemic, millions are relying on federal laws that are protecting them from getting evicted. As we head towards July, President Biden extended the current pandemic protections to last until the end of July.

It is, however, likely the final extension of pandemic-induced rent relief. That means if you’re struggling to keep up with rent, then it’s time to explore your options NOW before those important protections end and you’re left vulnerable.

What Pandemic Protections Provide Rent Relief Right Now?
You may have thought that your landlord was understanding and working with you, but the truth is that their actions have been restricted by law since about September of 2020. In December, former President Trump signed a bill into law that temporarily halted all evictions retroactively beginning in September of 2020.

That means if you didn’t pay rent from September 2020 until today, then you’ve been protected by law. Your landlord hasn’t had the option of beginning eviction procedures against you. If you know you’re eligible for protection, then you can fill out the CDC’s declaration form here.

Once you’ve signed that form, your landlord can’t legally evict you until the pandemic protections end. As explained above, the Biden administration extended those protections to last until the end of July. It’s unclear whether those protections will be extended further, but most news agencies and politicians believe this extension is the last one.

What If I Can’t Afford Rent After the Pandemic? Top Rent Relief Organizations
If you suspect you’ll still be way behind by the end of July, it’s crucial that you speak with your landlord now. If you haven’t had that tough conversation with them before the end of July, then they might immediately start making moves to evict you.

Don’t panic, though! Even once pandemic protections end, there are countless rent relief organizations across the country that can help you get through this difficult time. First, talk to your landlord. They may be eligible for mortgage forbearance relief, which could help ensure that you get to stay. Here are a few other legitimate rent relief organizations you can research:
These different organizations can provide valuable advice, long-term options, and real financial rent relief. It is important to know, however, that your local, state, and federal laws all give you specific rights as a tenant. You can’t be evicted unless your landlord goes through the formal eviction process, which is temporarily halted until the end of July.

Your landlord could be bound by other laws, too. If you want to know more about your rights as a tenant, then it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney in your area. They’ll be more knowledgeable about the laws that regulate your landlord in your state.

Do You Need Rent Payment Help Now?
If you’re worried, then you need to research the top rent relief organizations in your area that can help you. These organizations could be the difference between leaving the home or apartment you rent and remaining there for years to come.

Do you feel like your rights are being violated by your landlord? Are they attempting to evict you despite the current pandemic situation? In these situations, it’s best to consult with a quality attorney who can advise you on your legal options and the best course of action to take. Depending on your situation, a good attorney can even help you file for bankruptcy to help protect your home from foreclosure after the pandemic ends.

If you’re interested in finding a local attorney to help you and your family, then we can help. Head over to our attorney search area now to discover your ideal attorney match.


This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps. 

 
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