Where to Find Rent Relief in Georgia

Where to Find Rent Relief in Georgia

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Scott Dylan Westerlund
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As of June 2021, a whopping 14% of renters were still behind on rent as the eviction moratorium came to an end. Despite the pandemic continuing to drive serious price increases in food, housing, and soon-to-be electricity, the federal government’s protection of renters came to a screeching halt earlier this year.

If you’re looking for rent relief in Georgia, then you’ll have to rely on other options. Are you not sure where to look or how to get help? Don’t fret! Learn everything you need to know

Know Your Options and Rights

If you’re currently struggling to pay rent or you’ve already fallen behind, then you need to understand the laws surrounding your rights as a tenant and the rights of your landlord. Per Georgia law, landlords have a right to evict a tenant for not paying their rent on time. To do so, they must follow certain steps, though.

They cannot legally evict you without giving you notice. Once you receive the notice, you have a few options. You could pay the rent and late charges immediately, or you could move out of the rental unit. Another commonly overlooked option is to reach out to your landlord directly about your situation.

Your landlord does not have to listen to your situation, but many landlords will. If they know you’ve been reliable in the past, then your landlord will be more likely to work with you until you’re able to repay all your rent. Depending on your situation, you may be able to work out a more manageable payment plan with your landlord. At the least, you might be able to buy yourself enough time to come up with the rent money you haven't paid yet.

Georgia Rental Assistance Program

Right now, most Americans are feeling the financial repercussions of the global pandemic. The bad news is that these financially straining times are likely to continue as the months go by. The good news is that Georgia’s State Government understands the hardship that you’re facing, and they want to help.

 

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has launched the Georgia Rental Assistance Program by using the $25 billion supplied by the Consolidated Appropriations Act and $21.55 billion under the American Rescue Plan Act. Different counties throughout Georgia were allocated a specific amount of funds.

 

Eligible tenants in need are encouraged to check their eligibility by using the online portal. If you meet the program’s requirements, then you may be eligible to receive up to a year of your rent completely covered at no cost to you. These payments will go directly to your landlord. Depending on your needs, this assistance can cover back, current, or future rent. If you’re struggling to afford utility payments, then it can help with that, too.

 

Are you wondering whether you qualify or not? Here is a brief overview of the conditions you need to meet:

 
• Your household incurred significant costs or financial hardship due to the pandemic
• Your household qualified for unemployment benefits
• You can demonstrate a risk of homelessness or housing instability
• You have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income
 

This rent assistance program will help you for a year, but some families in extreme need may qualify for assistance for up to 15 months. Once that time period passes, your household will no longer be eligible to seek further rent assistance from the program.

Rent Relief in Georgia: Other Programs

While the Georgia Rental Assistance Program is a great way to find stability for at least a year, there are other organizations that are willing to help you secure housing. Visit Georgia State’s rental help housing page now to learn about subsidized housing, public housing, and more.

If you only need minimal help, then consider reaching out to organizations in your community like your local church. Often, help can be found in the most unexpected places!

Do You Need Help Understanding Your Rights as a Tenant?

Are you currently unable to pay your rent, or are you worried that you may not be able to make rent next month? If you’re struggling, then now you know your options. Rent relief in Georgia is possible through either the Georgia Rental Assistance Program or other temporary assistance programs. Even better, you may be able to work out a deal with your landlord one-on-one.

Do you need help ensuring that your rights as a tenant are being upheld? Did your landlord illegally evict you without notice? If so, then you should discuss your situation with a lawyer. Head over to our lawyer search now to find a qualified attorney who can help answer your questions.

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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