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Renting to Military Personnel

August 23, 2022

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As their civilian counterparts — must continue to pay rent if the lease is not terminated. However, the Act does provide some protection from eviction. Only a court can order the eviction of the tenant. (Note: this is the law in many states anyway. A landlord generally cannot exercise self-help by evicting a tenant without first obtaining Court approval.) If the Judge determines that the military service has materially affected the ability to pay, the Court must stay (stop) the eviction for a period of three months, unless the Judge finds that “justice and equity require a longer or shorter period of time.”

There are three basic requirements imposed by the law: the landlord is attempting to evict a person who is in military service; The leased premises are used for residential housing by the spouse, children or other dependents of the military person, and the agreed upon rent does not exceed a specific amount per month. Since this is a complex issue, tenants who are on active military service must consult with the legal assistance attorney assigned to their unit. (Note: the dollar amounts will change over time.

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