How to Escrow Your Rent
1. Give your landlord written notice.
Give the landlord a written list ("notice"
of the problems (be sure to keep a copy for yourself).
2. Give the landlord a chance to fix the problem(s).
Wait a "reasonable" time for the landlord to fix the problem(s). You should usually give your landlord 30 days to fix the problem; but, in an emergency situation you do not have to wait 30 days. If the landlord does not fix the problem, then you are ready to start escrow.
3. Be up-to-date with your rent.
To use rent escrow, all of your rent must be paid in full. If you owe any rent money to your landlord, you may not use rent escrow. If your rent is due on the first of the month, you must deposit your rent in rent escrow on or before the first.
4. Deposit your rent at the Courthouse.
On or before your rent is due, go to your local Courthouse and find the Clerk of Courts for the Municipal Court.
Tell the clerk you want to escrow your rent.
Ask the Clerk if the Court has a Rent Escrow Application form. If it does not have one, you can use the form on the last page of this packet.
Give the clerk your filled out rent escrow form and a copy of the notice you gave to your landlord about the problems in your home.
Pay your rent to the clerk. Some Courthouses only accept cash. Make sure to get a receipt from the clerk.
Keep all of your papers and receipts in a special folder. You will need to be organized if you go to court.