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Important reminder about evictions:
Landlords cannot start most new eviction cases until at least August 22, 2020. All ongoing eviction cases are on hold until further notice. If you already went to court and lost your eviction case, a marshal cannot physically remove you and your belongings until at least August 3, 2020.
- you cannot be evicted right now, and
- you do not have to move right now.
Your landlord also cannot ever:
- lock you out,
- remove your belongings,
- cut off your utilities, or
- refuse to make necessary repairs.
Important reminder about paying rent:
There is no July rent extension. July rent is due by its regular deadline. If you paid a security deposit that is more than one month’s rent, you can use the portion of your security deposit that is more than one month’s rent toward rent due between April and August.
If you asked your landlord for an extension on your May rent and your rent is due on the first of the month, you must pay your May rent on or before July 1.
If you do not pay July rent by your normal deadline, your landlord cannot start an eviction case for nonpayment until at least August 22. But your landlord may be able to charge you late fees if your lease says they can, and/or report your rent as late to a credit bureau or a tenant screening service.
If you cannot pay your June or July rent on time, talk to your landlord about your situation and ask to make a payment plan. Click
to download a letter you can use to tell your landlord in writing that you cannot pay rent for a reason related to COVID-19. If you are able to make a payment plan, try to get the agreement in writing and save a copy for your records.
Whether you pay your rent or not, your landlord cannot ever lock you out, physically remove you, or shut off your utilities. Your landlord must go through the eviction process in court in order to remove you from your apartment.
If and when you are able to pay some or all of your rent, we urge you to do so. You should also keep good records of all your payment, 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).
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