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What you can do if you can't afford to pay your rent during the Coronavirus outbreak



They say that there is some help is coming to homeowners and renters who have been impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak that is causing so much alarm around the country.


President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would be suspending all foreclosures and evictions through the month of April.


The plan is one component to the overall response from the White House to help Americans who are struggling directly and indirectly from the virus.


While our area has had no confirmed cases of the virus yet, there are other ways that the community is impacted and financially is certainly one of them.


Officials from HUD told the Southside Light on Wednesday that they had never seen something like this happen on such a broad scale before, but these are unique times.


The HUD Spokesperson said that without a doubt the most important thing people can do when you cannot pay your rent is simply talk to your landlord as soon as possible.


According to HUD, they say that some landlords are allowing tenants to make payment arrangements with them or they are waiving late fees.


But specifically here in Texas, a spokesperson for the Texas Association of Realtors says that there is no pandemic exclusion in leases that pertains to Landlord-tenant law.


The Texas Association of Realtors says do not just assume the president’s order to suspend all evictions covers you. In fact, they say that orders like these usually only pertain to HUD owned, financed or assisted properties.


Regardless, the best solution they say is to talk to your landlord and if you can come to an agreement with your landlord make sure you get it in writing.

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