Tenant just requested for Rental assistance program, good or bad

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Hello  , One of our tenants just requested to fill in landlord paperwork for the Rental assistance program. Is this a good thing about the tenant or is it ok. They have been good all along the Covid season but now they are requesting for this assistance.

Can you please advise if this is Ok and what process we need to follow/comply as landlord during this process ?

Also if approved would the assistance help for the entire rental amount ?

Thanks

Originally posted by @Ash Gowda :

Hello  , One of our tenants just requested to fill in landlord paperwork for the Rental assistance program. Is this a good thing about the tenant or is it ok. They have been good all along the Covid season but now they are requesting for this assistance.

Can you please advise if this is Ok and what process we need to follow/comply as landlord during this process ?

Also if approved would the assistance help for the entire rental amount ?

Thanks

There's nothing wrong with a tenant requesting assistance as long as they are communicating with you and making the effort to keep up on rent and responsibilities. 

Will they get the full amount? That depends on who they apply with and how much they are approved for. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program has a ton of money still available and they are granting people up to the full amount of unpaid rent AND up to three months of future rent. One of my tenants was fully caught up, but they were still awarded three months of future rent. Two weeks later they received a notice saying they could qualify for more. They applied again and received another three months of future rent even though they haven't used the first three months yet! That's six months of free rent (thanks to the tax-payers and a government that loves to be generous with other people's money).

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@Ash Gowda in general, I don't see an issue with tenants applying for rent assistance if they are in need. If you have questions about the program, contact the program administrator. 

We don't know what program they applied for or even what state you are in. Nobody can answer your question based on the very limited information you provided. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of assistance programs around the country. 

It's good that they're being proactive, as a lot of property owners are desperately trying to get their tenants to apply for assistance to no avail. Be thankful they are taking this step on their own to ensure they don't get behind and stick you with unpaid rent.

I'm sure how much they may be approved for varies on a case-by-case basis, but I have tenants who have paid the full rent for multiple months through COVID rental assistance.

Your role is limited, and in my personal experience requires just a bit of information on the balance due and a signature.

Two 100% great things happened here.  

1.  The tenant proactively requested help in paying their rent

2.  Communicated this with you.  They didn't turtle/hide/avoid communication, they talked to you about it

A+ For this tenant.  

If you are on a term lease with them and there is time left then yes, you 100% should do it.  If you are on month to month you can choose.  By the sounds of it, if the tenant owes any back rent you may not get it w/o assistance so if you are owed money yes, you should do it. 

As for all rent being covered, depends on the program.  Do some research, ask some questions first.  Locally the COVID relief fund is called CERA and it pays all back rent, 3 months of future rent and utilities.  

Def thank your tenant for keeping communication channels alive during a difficult time for them and for finding a solution to their problem VS making it yours.  

@Ash Gowda it’s illegal to deny it. It’s a tough time. Just fill out the paperwork and you’ll be surprised how quickly it can work out. Plus your tenant will appreciate you helping them out.