Letter Informing Your Landlord that You Can’t Pay Rent
Below is a letter you can use to tell your landlord you can’t pay your rent for a reason related to COVID-19. Unfortunately, there is no rent extension for June or July, but you should ask your landlord to make a payment plan. If you are able to make a payment plan, try to get the agreement in writing and save a copy for your records.
- Even if you can’t negotiate a payment plan with your landlord, your landlord cannot begin most new eviction cases before July 1.
- If you paid a security deposit that is more than one month’s rent, you can use some of the deposit towards your June rent.
If and when you are able to pay some or all of your June rent, we urge you to do so. You should keep good records of all your payments, including the amount, date, and what the payment was for. If you pay by cash, make sure to ask you landlord for a receipt (your landlord is required by law to give you one).
You can copy and paste this letter into an email or text message, or print it out. We have provided the letter both in English and Spanish. Save a copy of your request for your records. You can take a screenshot of your text message or a photo of your letter and email it to yourself for safekeeping.
For more information about the status of eviction protections during the COVID-19 crisis, visit Rent and Evictions during the COVID-19 Crisis.