Printed from StreetEasy.com at 08:34 PM, Dec 22 2014
Talk » Rentals » Discussing 'How To Tell Your Landlord You're Short on Rent?'

How To Tell Your Landlord You're Short on Rent?
SAVE    RSS

20 comments

The economy has been down the tubes for a while now. Surely, even the best tenants have had trouble paying their rent. What's the best way to approach your landlord/property manager if you're going to be a little late or short on the rent?

I have never been in this situation but I have seen similar situations in business.

Usually the best thing to do is to be up front. But the most important thing to do to make it palatable is to promise when you can make up the short rent. And keep to that schedule.

If you don't know when you can make it up, or you don't know when the bad times will end then you had best start considering changes in your lifestyle. Don't tell the landlord you are short on rent but continue to order in take-out and continue to buy $5 cups of coffee at Starbucks. It is bad form.

AvUWS; Totally agree. If you are going to be late and set a date for payment, honor that date. Some may pull a date out of the air and don't deliver. Some of us could write a book on every excuse and "bad form" is a really nice way of putting it. There is hardship, but there is also lack of financial responsibility. The latter is what makes it rough on those who are really in a bind.

Ignored comment. Unhide

> don't need to tell your landlord, just stop paying

worst advice EVER. it's about good-will, you will lose it if you don't come clean with the landlord. you can come up with a plan of when you will be able to pay and stick to it!

it wouldn't hurt to let the landlord know that rent is your absolute priority, don't stop at not buying any more starbucks coffee. cut everywhere. but if renewal of your lease is coming soon, i'd prefer to pay on time and borrow from friends/family members.

"don't need to tell your landlord, just stop paying

if the landlord come ask, just say you have no money and ask him to lower it by 20%"

If you have no money, how can you pay 20% less??

"if landlord dones't agree, start deadbeat"

That's great advice (I hope you are being sarcastic). Lets add to that, if you can't pay for a loaf of bread, just walk into the supremarket and take it. If you get stopped, just say "Oh, I can't afford, so I thought I would just steal it" I am sure that will work every time

"don't need to tell your landlord, just stop paying"

In hardship, perhaps. That's the first thing a housing court judge wants to determine. If gainfully employed, lots of luck.

Ignored comment. Unhide
Ignored comment. Unhide
Ignored comment. Unhide

I can't believe how many people are actually condoning not paying rent and getting evicted as a strategic alternative. Quite unethical if you ask me and very sad. We all have gone through some rough times but resorting to tactics of stealing and not paying your rent shouldn't be an option. Talk with your LL try to work out a solution and have a backup plan if you can't come to one. That back up plan shouldn't be thievery nor dishonesty.JHMO

Ignored comment. Unhide
Comment removed.

I read very your option very carefully. You seem to cover all the fine points of not paying one's rent with all the benefits and disadvantages of going with that option. Here are some advantages you give OP for not paying his rent.

"but, you will buy time, lots and lots of time. Eviction process in NYC just takes time...like everything else...more time then you think"

joey,
What's your feeling on American Airlines filing chapter 11?

Based on the OP's handle, anybody else think we're contributing to a blog or an article?

Comment removed.

We all have been duped.Looks like this website matches OP's handle http://www.nyrentalbible.com/index.php/

Oh great. Well, live and learn. Hey Streeteasy, guess what?

Ignored comment. Unhide
20 comments

Add your comment

 

Categories:

Rentals (2,734)
Market (1,457)
Neighborhoods (575)
Boards (268)
Renovation (1,750)
Anything (2,341)
Sales (22,877)
Developments (578)
Financing (475)
Schools (100)
Brokers (348)
Services (478)