In early April, Katelyn was in a financial bind: Home sick with COVID, she hadn’t been paid in weeks. And bills were due. “My landlord is kinda beating down my door right now,” she said in a voicemail to our hotline.
Weeks later, Katelyn got back in touch: She had made it through, thanks to a combination of playing hardball with one company and knowing how to play nice with others.
Because of her job, she had an insider’s understanding of the playing-nice process: Katelyn works in collections for a financial institution, so she knew how to ask for help. Even so, she didn’t find the process easy.
She came out of the ordeal with hard-won tips for all of us, and a heck of a story.
In addition, here are a couple of resources mentioned in this story:
- A collection of tips on dealing with medical bills and collection agencies, from one of our favorite teachers: TikTok mom Shaunna Burns.
- Hello Landlord is a free online tool that automatically generates letters you can send to your landlord, asserting your legal rights. (Right now, those rights may include some federal protections avainst evictions.)