Sometimes you would prefer to keep a particular tenant, but he or she is having trouble paying the rent. Maybe the tenant is great in every other respect: keeping the property clean, tries to pay on time, and deserves a little help. For even the best tenants, money can be an issue and keeping up with the rent may start to become a problem.
There are options in the city of Vancouver and Clark County to help tenants pay rent and utilities when they cannot afford them. This will also help you as the landlord to avoid non-payment of rent. Experienced landlord/tenant attorney Quinn Posner can help you protect your investment in your rental properties.
Protecting Your Right to Receive Rent
As the landlord, you are entitled to the payment of rent. You provide a valuable service: homes to those who can't buy or choose not to buy. You deserve compensation for this service. In some cases, a tenant you otherwise would want to keep has trouble coming up with the money.
The following are a few options you may suggest to help them with their bills and that does not come out of your pocket.
Clark County Veterans Assistance Program
The Veterans Assistance Fund in Clark County can help provide certain kinds of financial relief to qualified Veterans to help with rent, heating and utilities, food assistance, transportation, and prescription coverage. Remember, if an organization can help with the cost of food or utilities, more money is freed up for rent.
Council for the Homeless Housing Solutions Center
The Council for the Homeless Housing Solutions Center helps those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to connect to programs that can help them. Applicants engage in a face-to-face assessment to determine what types of help the organization can give. Assistance may include temporary emergency shelter, rent, or rental assistance to avoid eviction.
Those who are temporarily unable to work because of a physical or mental health condition can apply to the HEN program for assistance, which includes rent assistance. Many times a great tenant who has always paid on time suddenly cannot because of an injury. This program can help the tenant make their rental payments and help preserve a good tenant you want to keep.
Department of Community Services - Clark County
Nearly $1.5 billion has been set aside by the federal government to aid the homeless or those at risk of being homeless. The federal money is granted to certain organizations, which can be reached through the Department of Community Services in Clark County. This can help to provide rental assistance, as well as other funds which may free up more money to pay rent.
Consult a Washington Landlord/Tenant Attorney
You are not obligated to help a tenant with rent problems, but it may be in your best interest to do so. These are a few of the resources the Vancouver area has to offer to help tenants pay their rent.
Experienced landlord/tenant attorney Quinn Posner represents clients in Camas, Washougal, Vancouver, and the rest of Clark County. Contact Quinn Posner today to schedule a free consultation.