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Help for renters

If you’re having trouble making rent payments, you’re not alone.

Find out what you can do to get help with housing expenses and avoid eviction.

On this page you will find resources for:

What to do if you're struggling to pay rent

If you’re having trouble paying for rent and utilities, you’re not alone.

Talk to your landlord about a repayment agreement

In addition to applying for rental assistance, now may be the time to start a conversation with your landlord if you're struggling to pay your full rent each month or need to repay past due rent.

Learn about options and how to start the conversation

How to avoid scams

Scammers are targeting people who are looking for rental assistance.

Find resources to help you prevent, recognize, and report scams

If you're worried about eviction or have lost your home

What to look out for before you apply for new rental housing

Many landlords use a tenant screening report to help them decide whether to rent to you, and how much to charge you for a security deposit.

Find out if you have more protections

As a renter, you have local, state and federal rights. Some may help you stay in your home and postpone eviction.

Talk to a local expert

This can be a lot to navigate. There are local experts who can help, for free, or at a low cost.

If your landlord is threatening to evict you, or you need help understanding your rights, talk to a lawyer. You may qualify for free legal aid, based on your income.

Contact your local bar association or legal aid

Take advantage of free housing help

If you’d like help from a local expert, contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s housing counseling program.

Call 800-569-4287 or find a housing counselor