Covid-19 Assistance Programs and Portnoff Hardship Consideration

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Are you delinquent in the payment of your real estate taxes or user fees as a result of financial setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic?  Various government programs have been created to help you.

The Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund, or PAHAF, is a housing-related program funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to assist Pennsylvania homeowners facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program covers hardships that have accrued since January 1, 2020. The program will provide financial assistance to homeowners for qualified mortgage and housing-related expenses to avoid delinquency, default, foreclosure, or displacement.  The financial assistance includes, among other eligible expenses, up to $14,000 for delinquent property taxes and up to $10,000 for delinquent utilities.  To learn more about PAHAF and apply, visit pahaf.org.  Please make sure to mention Portnoff Law Associates and your Portnoff-collected delinquencies in any application.

Hardship Programs with extended payment terms are offered to eligible homeowners who are experiencing financial difficulties. Extended payment plans are granted in accordance with guidelines established by the taxing district and/or municipality.  In general, extended payment terms are granted to property owners who are experiencing financial difficulties and who reside in the property.  Please note that even if you are approved for an extended payment plan, PLA reserves the right to file a lien against your property in order to secure its clients’ claims.  If a lien is filed, fees and/or court costs may be incurred that will increase the balance due. If applicable, interest as permitted by law will accrue during the term of the payment plan.

Please click here to access our online hardship application, which must be completed in its entirety in order for it to be processed. All information will be kept strictly confidential. Directions for submitting the completed application are found on the bottom of page 2 of the online form. You may make voluntary payments while your application is being evaluated. You will receive written notification from our office as to whether your proposal has been accepted after your application has been reviewed.

You may contact our office at (866) 211-9466 to further discuss your eligibility for a Portnoff hardship payment plan or to request that a hardship application be sent to you via first class mail.