Governor Herbert elected not to extend the eviction moratorium, and rent is due today. This news may further impact vulnerable Utahns who are struggling to make ends meet and stay healthy. If you or someone you know is having difficulty paying your rent there are a few actions you can take.
What you can do
- It is essential tenants communicate with landlords directly and negotiate any fees and future payment schedules. If at all possible, residents should make partial payments immediately on rent that is owed since April 1. If tenants have not done so already, it is crucial to apply for unemployment through the Department of Workforce Services. CARES Act Unemployment FAQ: https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/caresuifaq.pdf
- If residents are experiencing an immediate threat to their housing, Utah has distributed Rental Assistance funds to various agencies throughout the state. You can call the 2-1-1 line for more information, or contact the agency directly depending on your county. Department of Workforce Services Pandemic Rental Assistance: https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/rentalassist.pdf
- Share your Story! The Salt Lake Tribune is calling for submissions about how the coronavirus and unemployment have affected you. Click here to share and submit your own story. You can also share your story with the Deseret News via their tip line.