What to Do If You Receive an Eviction Notice
Receiving an eviction notice can be surprising and terrifying. Generally these notices come at a time when a family is struggling and having difficulty taking care of important monthly expenses like their rent, utilities and even the purchase of household expenses. Families that are facing eviction in Baltimore city have a number of resources they can access to help them catch up on their rent and remain in their homes. Below are some steps your family can take to avoid eviction:
1. If possible pay the balance owed. Even if you have to be late on the rent, try to pay any past due balances directly to the landlord or appropriate agent or property manager. Remember to include any applicable late fee. Remember to get a receipt. This may mean tightening a budget or cutting out some non-essential expenses temporarily.
2. If you can't pay the balance, try to set up a payment arrangement for the balance. Pay as much of the rent as you possibly and ask the landlord for a payment arrangement. Remember to have any agreements in writing. Contact a lawyer or MD Legal Aid Bureau if you don't understand the agreement or have questions.
3. If you are absolutely unable to pay the balance, seek assistance from a nonprofit organization, a local church, a social service agency or a governmental agency. Eviction proceedings can happen quickly and you are responsible for resolving any outstanding balance for rent.
Here is a short list of agencies that may be able to provide assistance for an eviction notice:
- The Samaritan Community: provides assistance for eviction prevention
- The Salvation Army of Baltimore: provides assistance for eviction prevention
- St. Vincent De Paul: provides assistance for eviction prevention
- Community Crisis Center:
- Zion Baptist Church
- Franciscan Center
- Franciscan Sisters of Baltimore
- Community Action Network
- Crisis Intervention Fund (CARES)
- Southwest Emergency Services
- The Men & Families Center
- Emergency Assistance to Families with Children (EAFC)
- New Creation Christian Church
4. Seek additional support services. Many times families face evictions due to continuous challenges in the household. Because a family's household expenses often don't decrease families face the same challenge to pay the rent each month. One way to help families catch up to seek other emergency assistance programs, like Parts of Peace's Families Matter, Emergency Assistance program. The program is offered to families facing a temporary emergency, like an eviction notice. We provide non-financial resources like food, fresh produce, personal hygiene items and household cleaning supplies so that families can focus on recovering from their emergency situation, rather than providing for their families.
5. Plan for next time! Many of the resources listed above are one-time only and it's unlikely you will be able to receive them more than once a year. It's important to plan and budget more carefully in the future to avoid additional eviction notices.
For additional help with eviction notices, or to learn more about budgeting or Parts of Peace's programs for individuals and families, please visit our website - www.partsofpeace.org or call our community message hotline: 443-228-8859.