When our premier announced that tenants do not have to pay rent during this horrible crisis tenants face I immediately felt better.
It was nice to know Premier Ford understood what I was dreading and said there will be “NO EVICTIONS” until the crisis is over. With businesses closed and workers being laid off, how could we pay the rent for the next six months or more?
I saw on FB and on signs in my area that many Tenants in financial trouble were saying we didn’t have to pay rent at all. The reason is because we can’t be evicted we didn’t have to pay rent.
So If You Don’t Pay Rent Nothing Happens?
This sounded almost too good to be true. I didn’t have to pay any rent for the next few months or more…maybe up to year.
The premier also said tenants should only “pay what you can” and not make paying rent a priority.
So he basically was saying, make up your budget and put rent last.
I Have A Great Relationship With My Landlord
Since moving in a couple years ago I’m very happy here in my Home. The landlords are nice people who gave me a very low rent to begin with because I’m a working woman who is rarely at home with great credit so they thought I was their tenant.
Ideal Tenant (Working woman, not home much, great credit) Gets Discount
They gave me 20% of market rent right off the bat because they praised me as being the type of person landlords want to rent to. This made me very happy to hear and they gave me the discount on what they were advertising because I said I was going to be renting for at least a few years while I built up my savings.
I Could Pay No Rent, But I Worked Out A Rebate Plan
Since I have such a good relationship with my landlords (they love me, I’m never home and never late paying) I learned a lot.
Most landlords are not independently wealthy and cannot afford to pay the mortgage out of their own pocket. They need rent every month just to survive.
I Paid Rent…But Only % That Was Fair To Both Sides
I made my own budget and made sure my most important expenses were on top of the list and the rent was at the bottom (but still there, as it’s only fair to my landlord).
I calculated my decreased salary due to less hours minus my main expenses for survival during this crisis. Most important expenses:
-Stocking up on food and moisturizers just in case
-Buying food for fresh daily eating
-Costs of ordering Take-Out and the extra costs for UberEats, etc.
-Costs of feeding my cat and ordering her food.
-Ordering clothes I will need if I’m stuck in my Home for a long time. Fresh panties are always refreshing. A girl in a cage needs fashion too!
-Saving for masks and potential medicines.
-Entertainment such as renewing my Netflix, CBS, and Amazon Prime accounts.
I Paid Rent…And Helped My Landlord Stay In Business
After all my budget expenses I ended up paying my landlord 40% of the usual amount.
My landlord was happy to get the rent without any issues and with no haggling.
They appreciated me even paying and I’m happy I did the right thing to help them would I could have paid $1 if I was the evil, nasty type of bitch.
Work With Your Landlord Like I Did
I could have just said I didn’t have the money but I know my landord who are a nice couple so I decided to work with them like the Premier said.
40% Paid, 60% Discount Due To My Struggles
I paid 40% of the rent for April and will pay that same amount as long as the pandemic continues.
If you have a good small landlord consider paying them at least a little bit because they are in need of rent for their families.
Let’s work together and at least pay your landlord a little bit to keep them also surviving…but don’t pay them the full amount because you need to spend your money on your needs first!