• What can you do? 1. Get a lease in writing to protect yourself in the future. 2. If they have not given you an eviction notice in writing, it probably isn't legal (check the laws of your state). 3. I'm not clear what you mean by "the other half of rent." Is this rent to cover from the 15th to the end of the month? If so, you are only 3 days late. Again, a lease would spell out what kind of leeway you have in paying rent, and what penalties ensue. What would I suggest? A. Send them a letter explaining that you have lost your job, and are trying to pay the rent, but need a little more time. Add this at the bottom: "cc: Attorney" to make it look like you are copying in your lawyer. Perhaps this will buy you a few weeks. B. Contact a tenants' rights organization in your city. However, they may not be of much help without a lease being in place. C. Are there any housing advocates in your area that could connect you to temporary housing should you get evicted? Contact them sooner rather than later. Best of luck!
  • You can pay the rent. Your landlord has the right to evict you if you do not pay rent. However, usually you must be given three day notice (but PA may be different).
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