Have a Plan

  1. Don't promise what you can't deliver
  2. Be honest
  3. Stay calm

Don’t just have a “Plan A,” but have a “Plan B” back up as well during negotiations. 

For example - A renter owes back rent of $1,000. The renter’s “Plan A” is to offer to pay an extra one hundred dollars a month until they are caught up. 

If the landlord says no, the renter’s “Plan B” is to offer to increase the payment, until an agreement is made. If nothing is settled, the renter could then ask the landlord what agreement is acceptable to them.

Part 1: Don't promise what you can't deliver

Renters should only offer to make payments that they can afford.

Part 2: Be honest

Let your landlord know your situation, and what led to your inability to keep up with the rent. Honesty is the best policy.

Part 3: Stay calm

Be friendly and professional. Don’t get defensive or show anger. Keep your voice calm and steady during negotiations.