How to get an extension on your May rent
Under an order by Governor Lamont, you can get an additional two months to pay your May rent if you have been affected by COVID-19. To get the additional two months to pay your May rent, you must tell your landlord in writing (by email, text message, or letter) that you need this extension and explain that you cannot pay your May rent on time for a reason related to COVID-19. You need to give your landlord this notice on or before the 9th day after it was due. This means that if your monthly rent was due on May 1, 2020, you had until May 10, 2020 to notify your landlord.
Note: If you paid a security deposit that is more than one month’s rent, you can also use some of the deposit towards your April, May, or June 2020 rent.
Your landlord does not have to honor your May rent extension request if you submit it after the 9-day grace period. However, you can still talk to your landlord about your situation and try to make a payment plan. And even if you missed the extension request deadline and you can’t negotiate a payment plan, your landlord cannot begin an eviction case for nonpayment of rent before July 1, 2020.
Below is a letter you can give to your landlord. You can copy and paste it 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.
If and when you are able to pay all or some of your May rent by May 10, we urge you to do so (and keep good records of payments).
For more information about the governor’s order and evictions during the COVID-19 crisis, visit Evictions during the COVID-19 Crisis.