If you know that you will be unable to pay your full rent on time, try to communicate with your landlord as soon as possible. While they are under no legal obligation to give you an extension beyond the 5-day grace period, they may allow you to pay your rent late anyways – especially if you have always paid on time in the past.
If you know you are going to be short on rent, you can also consider any of the following strategies:
- prioritizing your rent payment over other bills;
- borrowing money from a friend or family member;
- applying for a loan from one of BC’s Rent Banks; or
- applying for a crisis supplement through the provincial government, if you receive income assistance and have faced an unexpected emergency.