Have questions? Call HUD’s free Housing Counseling Line at 1 (800) 569-4287.
Are you in danger of being evicted because you can’t pay your rent? If so, take the following steps before things get worse:
- Review your lease. Make sure you understand the terms of late or missed rent payments. Find out how many days late you can be on rent or if there are any late fees. Keep in mind that a landlord cannot legally charge you a late fee if late fees are not mentioned in the lease.
- Talk to your landlord. If you don’t think you’ll be able to make your rent payment, explain the situation to your landlord. Be straightforward and keep it simple. Avoid throwing a pity party.
- If you can, pay a portion of the rent right away. Your landlord may be willing to work with you if you’re able to pay some of the rent. Negotiate a date to pay the rest. Pay with a check or money order and ask for a receipt.
Learn more about what to do if you're getting evicted.
If you still need help, contact these programs and organizations:
If you feel your landlord is wrongfully trying to evict you, there are organizations that can help. Visit HUD’s website
to find tenants’ rights organizations and other assistance in your state.