If you owe rent from between March 1, 2020 and the time that the governor declares the end of the public health emergency, your landlord has to offer you a rent repayment plan before starting an eviction. The repayment plan has to be reasonable. It cannot be more than 1/3 of the monthly rent amount you had during the moratorium.
Example: Your rent during COVID-19 was $900. Your repayment plan cannot be more than $300. If you can’t afford $300 a month plus your current rent, try to negotiate a lower amount for your repayment plan.
Once your landlord offers you a repayment plan, you have 14 days to accept or reject it. You can also try to negotiate another repayment amount. It is a defense to an eviction if your landlord filed a case based on back rent and did not first offer you a repayment plan.
Do not ignore this offer. Your landlord can file an eviction if you don’t respond!
Additionally, your landlord has to offer you a chance to participate in the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program if they want to start an eviction case against you for owing rent. See below.
If you want to know more about rent repayment plans, read Coronavirus (COVID-19): Can my landlord evict me now?