What happens if you cannot pay your rent? What is the penalty? Do you get evicted?

6 Answers

  • 1 month ago
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    You get evicted and your credit is shot to heck for 7 years.

    In  addition, the landlord grapevine will keep circulating your details for a while

  • 1 month ago

    You get kicked out.

  • Yeti
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Exact laws and procedures vary by location, especially right now with the pandemic in play.

    Generally speaking, your landlord can file in court to evict you. And they're owed back rent and related attorney's fees, as well as funds for repairs to any damages (if not covered by your security deposit). Shortly after the court orders an eviction, you can be forcefully removed from the property, usually by law enforcement.

    In most locations, you can owe extra fees (e.g. double rent, prorated daily), if you remain at the property after lease termination (which happens before the landlord files in court). But most of those are not likely to occur for those not paying due to the pandemic.

  • 1 month ago

    Penalty - Late fee & court costs, interest, etc.  Yes, evictions begin on Jan. 1.  If you don't pay your rent and catch up by then,  you will be evicted.  Evictions were put on hold until just the end of the year.  They cannot be extended.  Landlords have rent to pay too.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yes, you will get evicted. 

  • 1 month ago

    Usually you've paid  your last month's rent when you rented the place.  So in the worst case, the clock starts there.  You have 30 days to move out.

    If you're a good tenant, you can sometimes work something out with your landlord.  If someone doesn't leave voluntarily, a landlord has to go to some trouble to get them out.  What you have to go through is worse in some places, better in others.  So there may be a little room to negotiate.

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