Sample Agreement with Landlord: Partial Rent Payments

Get your landlord’s okay before paying only part of your rent one month

On occasion, you may be short of money to pay your full rent on time. The best way to deal with this is to discuss your problem with your landlord and try to get the landlord to accept a partial rent payment, with a promise to catch up later. While the landlord is under no obligation to accept a partial rent payment, it doesn’t hurt to ask—especially if you are only asking for a few extra days, and you have been a good tenant who has always paid rent on time.

To protect yourself from a possible eviction for nonpayment of rent, get your landlord to agree in writing that you can have a longer time to pay. Use this Sample Agreement for Partial Rent Payments as a template in preparing your own letter. Both you and your landlord should date and sign this agreement.

For a detailed discussion of rent-related issues, see Every Tenant’s Legal Guide or (if you’re renting in California), California Tenants’ Rights.


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