Rent Agreement Negotiation Resources

Maryellen Hess Cameron

Maryellen Hess Cameron spent over 25 years as the Executive Director of non-profit agencies in the social....

Do you have clients who are behind on their rent and at risk of eviction?

Perhaps they will be eligible for federal rent relief, or they have re-established income. Either way, getting a subsidy or catching up on rent will take time. 

That’s why the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created guidance to help tenants negotiate a rent repayment plan. COVID-19 Tenant Guidance Rent Repayment Plans provides information about tenant rights and links to resources for rent and other financial supports. It also provides a sample form tenants can use to initiate an agreement with their landlord.

Landlords have rights, but so do tenants. If your clients feel they are being treated unfairly in their effort to negotiate they can contact a local fair housing agency for advice. You can find the nearest office here.

Contacts for rent assistance programs in an earlier Casebook blog on Preventing a Wave of Homelessness


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