Learn more about how Apartment Guide is responding to coronavirus and taking steps to help renters and property managers during this challenging time.
The coronavirus has interrupted all of our lives in a somewhat dramatic way.
If you were planning a spring move, chances are looking for a home or apartment to move to has become a bit trickier. With travel bans in place in almost every state, it can be challenging to know what to do when you need to move in the next couple of months. One of the toughest things is that no one knows when this might end.
If you're planning a move and you're searching for apartments or mobile homes for rent, or if you're currently renting a place and not sure what your rights as a tenant are, here are some tips your property manager wants you to know.
As many people are losing their jobs, one of the biggest concerns is how you're going to pay your rent. You do have some legal rights. Many states have passed a moratorium that will give you some time to catch up on your rent. Depending on the state that you live in, there may be a law that's passed that will not allow your property manager to evict you for nonpayment.
It's important to note that this does not mean that you don't have to pay rent at all. It simply means that you'll have more time to pay rent and that your property manager can't evict you for non-payment.
If you're truly struggling to pay rent and other bills, there are several emergency assistance programs that provide people with payments.
It's extremely important to keep in contact with your property manager and let them know what's going on. Ignoring their requests and simply not paying your rent on time can lead to legal battles that you don't want to deal with. Most property managers understand that circumstances are very hard right now and will likely be willing to negotiate repayment plans.
Another question you might have is whether or not you're even allowed to move at this time. If your lease is up soon, this can be an issue that you're facing at the moment. The short answer to this question is that most states are allowing people to move.
Moving companies are considered essential services under most of the state mandates that have been put in place. Knowing exactly what moving entails is very important.
If you've found an apartment for rent that you want to move into, it's important that you remain in contact with the property manager of the new apartment, as well as the property manager of the apartment that you're currently living in. Some property managers might not be amicable about facilitating moves right now.
Another issue that you might run into is that there are only a few moving companies that are still providing services. You'll need to make sure that you're in communication with your moving company to ensure that they're still offering their services at this time.
If your lease is expiring soon and you haven't yet found a new place to live, it might be a good idea to talk to your property manager about staying in place for a bit longer. Many property owners are being very flexible right now and will do their best to work with current tenants to keep things as normal as possible.
One solution might be to ask for a month-to-month extension for your lease. Another option is to agree to stay for at least three months. It's understandable that for some people this might not be possible, and there are some options for finding a place during this time, such as using remote apartment searches. However, if you don't absolutely need to move at this time, staying in your current place is the best option.
If you're diagnosed with coronavirus, it's important to know your rights as a tenant. A property manager can't kick you out, evict you or ask you to leave your rental if you have COVID-19. The same rules apply if you've been quarantined in your home. Property managers can't discriminate or harass you in any way during this time.