How To Handle Moving Forward Post-Eviction Moratorium: A Guide For Tenants


With the end of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ moratorium on evictions, millions of families have been threatened since August 1.

If you are one of them, you most likely have a lot of questions about how to move forward after getting evicted. In this article, we will answer the most common questions tenants have asked us.Searching For Your New Home

Searching for a new apartment after getting evicted is not easy, and you may find that finding the perfect rental can be extremely difficult. Moving to a new location in itself involves a lot of organization and stress, as well as costs, but there are ways to make things easier.

Since there is no way to just jump in a car and meet a landlord without wasting time and money, here are some key tips for surviving while searching for new properties before signing a new lease.

Q: Do I Need a Broker or Intermediary To Find A Good Rental?

A: Not Necessarily, You Can Find A Great Rental Without Relying on Brokers And Intermediaries.

In many cities, there are sites with ads for local accommodation, where you can find the ideal for your rented apartment without an intermediary.

Being aware of the prices of the rentals in the area according to their size, condition, and the area in which they are located, will help you prioritize what you can and cannot go without in your rental. For example, If you do not have a car, the proximity to work or to a public transport stop would be a factor in your choice of place to call your new home.

Q: I’ve Found A Great Rental, What’s Next?

A: There Are A Few Things You Need To Do Before Deciding That This Is The Right Rental For You.

  • Doing a Background Check… On Your New Landlord

A frequently discussed topic in the field of real estate is how to know when you’ve found reliable tenants. Usually, landlords conduct a tenant screening procedure on their applicants to make sure they are not hiding anything. However, we must take into account the fact that a lease agreement poses potential risks for both the landlord and the tenant, and while there are no “landlord screening services” there are plenty of things you can do to gauge the suitability of your landlord.

If the time has come for such an important decision, you should definitely look into and try to research your potential landlord. However, it is completely unnecessary to convince you that this plays a significant role in the trouble-free stay in the chosen home and is especially important for future relationships between you.

One of the most important criteria when choosing a rental property is the behavior of the landlord. Of course, assessing it correctly requires significantly more time than the time allotted during an inspection. However, you can be sure that there are a number of indicators that will serve as a starting point, and based on them to form an authoritative opinion. First of all, consider whether the landlord has a correct attitude towards you.

  • Ask The Landlord Why He Is Renting The Apartment

At first glance, these motives may seem like something very personal, therefore assuming that there is no logical reason to be curious. However, this is not entirely true, as it may turn out that the property is being rented out, while the landlord is looking for a buyer.

In that case, you could find yourself at a disadvantage if you decided to move in, as you may need to vacate the home in a month’s time. Even a one-month notice does not sound like a special kind of reassurance, as you will again have to go through the whole procedure of searching for and selecting a suitable rental.3. Carefully Examine The Lease You Will Be Signing.

It is essential to carefully analyze the lease agreement for the rental property you will be living in. You would not want to invest too much of your time and energy to find out later that the lease is not what you expected.

It would be optimal to make a list of all the issues that are important to you. For example, when can you check-in at the earliest, for how long will the lease agreement last, who will be responsible (landlord or tenant) for covering the costs of possible repairs, what is the value of the rent, and what should happen in case of inability to pay on time?

What are the overhead costs and utility fees that you have to pay monthly? Can you keep a pet, do you have an internet subscription (and if not, can you count on one). Examine all the rights and obligations you would have as a tenant to make sure that you have read all the details in detail.

Q: What Else Do I Need To Consider When Moving Post-Eviction?

A: If You Have Been Evicted. Here Is What You Need To Keep In Mind.

Your Eviction Might Become A Public Record.

In that case, your chances of getting a new rental may decrease your chances of finding a new rental. In general, evictions are kept on record for up to 7 years and can stay on your credit report for the same duration of time. You can ask for your once-a-year free credit report at Transunion, Equifax, or Experian, the three major credit reporting bureaus.

But an eviction does not mean that you stand no chance of finding a rental, many landlords would consider accepting tenants that have been evicted if they cover other relevant criteria such as:

  • Low rent-to-income ratio.
  • A clean criminal record.
  • Financial stability and a low amount of debt

You can prove to your potential landlord that you are a reliable candidate by participating in a tenant screening procedure, which will help the landlord get a better view of your financial situation. This can often result in the landlord deciding to overlook a previous eviction especially knowing the current conditions.