A Revista Cadernos de Cultura e Ciência é de caráter nacional e multidisciplinar, cadastrada com o ISSN 1980-5861.

Comentários do leitor

Is rent canceled? Can landlords evict tenants? Late fees, laws and what we know

por Jewell MacLaurin (2020-05-16)

id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body">

With millions of people's finances disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, renters may have difficulty making rent payments, 슬롯머신사이트추천 but there are resources available to help.

James Martin/CNET

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.
What happens if you can't make May's rent? What about June or July's? Can you get evicted? Which resources and protections are available to help you keep your house or apartment as you weather the financial crisis? If you're among the millions of tenants whose finances have been upended  -- or could still be -- by the coronavirus pandemic, these are pressing questions as the first of the month rolls around. 

You're not the only one asking: This year, nearly a third of US apartment renters -- 31% -- did not pay their rent within the first week of April. The current economic downturn has set off a wave of rent freezes and rent strikes and increasingly louder calls for a federal cancellation of rent and mortgage payments during the pandemic.

Some government measures, like an extended federal tax deadline, the (up to) $1,200 stimulus checks the IRS just mailed out and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's suspending of evictions and foreclosures are a start. But it's not always clear which laws apply to you and which don't -- or which ones an unscrupulous landlord might try to ignore. 

CNET Coronavirus Update

Keep track of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ordinances vary from state to state and city to city, so there's no one-size-fits-all solution for everyone who's having trouble making rent. That's frustrating, but there are ways to figure out which protections apply to you. 

Here's how to work out which laws cover tenants in your area, plus how to approach your landlord once you're armed with that information.

Now playing: Watch this: Best practices for safe shopping, delivery and takeout...


Online tools that can help you find resources
The online legal services chatbot at DoNotPay.com recently added a coronavirus financial relief tool that the company claims will identify which of the laws, ordinances and measures covering rent and evictions apply to you, based on your location. 

DoNotPay offers a variety of legal services, including financial relief due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Screenshot by Dale Smith/CNET

DoNotPay will also draft and send a letter to your landlord on your behalf asking for either deferred payments or to waive late fees. Here's how to set up an account and use the DoNotPay chatbot.

Nonprofit website 211.org connects those in need of help with essential community services in their area. It has also recently set up a portal for pandemic assistance. If you're having trouble with your food budget or paying your housing bills, you can use 211.org's online search tool or dial 211 on your phone to talk to someone who can try to help.

Another nonprofit, JustShelter.org, puts tenants facing eviction in touch with local organizations that can help them remain in their homes or, in worst-case scenarios, find emergency housing.

Look up your specific state and local resources   
The legal services website Nolo.com has a list of which states have and have not passed emergency bans on evictions. It includes links to the resolutions published by the states themselves. TheDailyBeast maintains a similar list. Protections range from almost none at all to the broad and wide, so you'll want to know exactly what the situation is in your location. 

Demonstrators protest evictions in San Francisco.

James Martin/CNET

Many state governments across the country have suspended evictions for as long as 90 days, including New York, Arizona and California. Los Angeles residents will have up to a year after the city's declaration of emergency ends (whenever that may be) to catch up on any rent they were unable to pay during the pandemic -- with no late fees.

Court closures may create a loophole to delay eviction
Even if you don't live in an area covered by a ban on evictions, some districts across the country have halted court proceedings during the pandemic, meaning landlords will be temporarily unable to have courts order an eviction. Political encyclopedia Ballotpedia.org has an updated list of regional court closures. Legal news service Law360.com maintains a similar list.

In Georgia, for example, where residents are petitioning the governor to suspend rent payments, the state Supreme Court recently ordered the state's courthouses to close for all except "essential functions." Courts can open to issue arrest warrants and restraining orders, but evictions don't fall under those guidelines.

ISSN: 1980-5861