I can't pay my rent
Get your emergency plan into action.
If you have found yourself in a financial pickle and can’t afford this month’s rent, try not to panic. These are steps you can take that might help:
Visit MABS for some advice on budgeting and on the law. They also hold legal clinics around the country on a monthly basis, so you can chat with a qualified solicitor. You can contact their helpline on 0761 07 2000.
Talk to your landlord
Have a read through your lease. There may be specific terms in it that detail how long you can be late with the rent, without being kicked out. You may be able to buy yourself some more time.
Ask your landlord if you could pay a portion of the rent. This way, he still gets some money and can clearly see that you are not trying to scam him out of rent. Let them know when you will be able to pay the rest of it. Bear in mind that your landlord wants to do what they can to avoiding you moving out, as they most likely need your rent to pay the mortgage on the property you are living in. Even if they do get a good replacement tenant, it usually takes a while. Make sure to point out such arguments to them.
Talk to your friends or family
Think about borrowing the money from someone like a parent, best friend or partner.
If all else fails, see if you can hit up your friends for their couches and live there for a while until you get back on your feet. If you feel embarrassed about sleeping on a friend’s couch, offer to do some cleaning or cooking for your friend.
Contact St. Vincent De Paul
Contact an organisation such as St. Vincent De Paul. They specialise in helping people with financial difficulties.
Threshold provide a tenancy support service for people at risk of losing their home. You can contact them on 1800 454 454
Contact The Peter McVerry Trust
The Peter McVerry Trust works to support young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Dublin. You can contact them on +353 (0)1 823 0776.
Need more information?
We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service is for 16 to 25 year olds and is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.