Losing one's home can be devastating. Experiencing home loss prompted by no-cause evictions
and sudden extreme rent increases in a runaway rental market offering few affordable options
can push one's distress response into high alert affecting every area of our lives.
However we can make it a much smoother transition if we stay focused and get organized.
(Community Alliance of Tenants, Portland Tenants United, NW Pilot Projects)
What are my housing needs?
What are my estimated moving expenses?
Availability & Affordability
When will apartments become available that are within my financial reach?
Do I need to work extra hours, get a 2nd job in order to afford to move?
Are there community resources that can assit me with moving expenses ?
Move out date _____________
Purge completed by ______ (donations, sale, throw away items)
Deadline for finding replacement housing_________ ( lease and other paperwork completed by ___________)
Housing inspection date/time____________
Movers to be scheduled by ____________
Packing completed by ________
What if I"m approaching my move-out date and have no move-in options?
Contact management immediately and start negotiating for additional time to move. If there is a vacancy opening up soon that you are pretty certain you can get into, then let your landlord know. Be prepared to pay the higher prorated rent at your current location.
If you don't have a place to move, then be up front with your landlord and ask them if they can help you find something immediate in your price range. The other option is to place your belongings in storage and find a neighbor, friend or family member's couch for a month or two until you find a suitable place to live.
In this day and age,renters may experience multiple displacements due to causes beyond their control. We who have gone through this know the hardship and strain this puts on indviduals and families, especially households with children, medically needy and the elderly. The main thing is to keep yourself and your family safe, indoors and protected from harsh weather conditions.
focusing on options, and available resources.
The sooner you can shift into problem solving, your worries will begin to dissipate.
How much time do we have ?
Date to be out
How much in rent cxan we afford?
Available Affordable Housing
How much rent can we afford?
(E.g. moving away from friends, changing schools, commuting to and from work, health job loss, rental costs & moving expenses, finding a new home that is affordable)
Define your Needs:
close to work, school, public transportation, day care,
Metro area: N, NW , SW, SE,
Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington _______________ couny
# of BR's ____
# of Bathrooms____
Amenities: WD, Laundry,
Time - moved out by:_______________
Tenants Priced Out!