Not being able to pay rent due to COVID-19 is nothing to be ashamed of. Our letter builder makes it easy to send a letter to your landlord.
Why send a letter
Here are a few benefits to sending a letter to your landlord:
Exercise your rights
Benefit from the eviction protections that local elected officials have put in place, by notifying your landlord of your inability to pay rent for reasons related to COVID-19
Establish your defense
In the event that your landlord tries to evict you, the courts will see this as a proactive step that helps establish your defense.
Here’s what you can do with
Here’s what the letter will look like:
Sending a letter to your landlord is a big step. Here are a few frequently asked questions from people who have used our tool:
I'm scared. What happens if my landlord retaliates?
It’s normal to feel anxious or scared that your landlord will retaliate. If your landlord is harassing you, denying you repairs, or trying to illegally evict you, reach out to legal assistance at LawHelp.org and connect with tenant organizers at Right to the City Alliance.
Is this free?
Yes, this is a free website created by 501(c)3 non-profit organizations across the United States.
Do I have to go to the post office to mail my letter?
No, you can use this website to send a letter to your landlord via email or USPS mail. You do not have to pay for the letter to be mailed.
Is there someone I can connect with after this to get help?
Connect to organizers through the Right to the City Alliance, a national alliance of organizers building the tenant movement since 2007. You can join their call for renters across the country to fight for the cancellation of rent at cancelrent.us.