Tool is available in English and Spanish and generates a letter and declaration that renters can send to their landlord to exercise their right to avoid eviction under the Trump Administration’s new order
SALT LAKE CITY, Sept 10, 2020 — SixFifty, the technology subsidiary of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, today announced that its free Hello Landlord tool (www.hellolandlord.org) can help renters generate the necessary paperwork to take advantage of the Trump Administration’s new order restricting evictions. To invoke the new order and avoid being evicted, renters must sign a declaration that certifies their inability to pay rent, despite their best efforts. Hello Landlord helps renters generate that declaration, along with an accompanying letter that renters can send to their landlord that outlines their rights under the new law.
“The Trump Administration’s new order has the potential to help millions of renters to stay in their homes during the pandemic,” said Kimball Dean Parker, CEO of SixFifty. “But if renters can’t create the necessary declaration, the order won’t help them. We want help as many renters as possible to take advantage of this lifeline and stay in their homes.”
Hello Landlord asks renters a series of questions about their financial situation and the steps they’ve taken to pay rent. The questions appear in either English or Spanish, depending on the renter’s preference. SixFifty’s automation software takes the renter’s answers and uses them to generate a customized declaration that the renter can give to his or her landlord to stop an eviction. If renters don’t qualify for protection under the new order, Hello Landlord will generate a letter that renters can use to ask their landlord for flexibility with making rent payments.
In March 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act, which included a moratorium on eviction for rental properties with federally-backed mortgages. That moratorium, however, recently ended, exposing millions of renters to possible eviction. During the moratorium under the CARES Act, Hello Landlord helped over 3,000 renters to invoke their right to avoid being evicted. The Trump Administration’s new order takes the place of the expired protections under the CARES Act and protects renters at risk of being evicted. Unlike the federal stimulus, the new order requires that renters sign a declaration that outlines their financial situation and their efforts to obtain help. SixFifty adjusted Hello Landlord to take into account this new requirement.
Hello Landlord is the second tool that SixFifty has built to help people stay in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 2, SixFifty launched Hello Lender (www.hellolender.org), a free tool that helps homeowners, who are struggling financially due to the pandemic, avoid foreclosure by requesting forbearance for their mortgage payments for up to six months, without penalties or fees, as permitted by the CARES Act. Thousands of homeowners have used Hello Lender since launch.
Hello Landlord was originally created by SixFifty in collaboration with LawX, the legal design lab at BYU Law School, and the Innovation for Justice (i4J) Program at University of Arizona College of Law.
SixFifty is the technology subsidiary of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. SixFifty leverages the firm’s legal expertise to develop automated tools designed to make the law affordable and easier to navigate. SixFifty offers products that help companies with privacy compliance (GDPR and CCPA) and employment issues related to COVID-19 (telecommuting and return to work), with many more areas to come. For more information, please visit www.sixfifty.com.
About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
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