The Trump administration’s Office of Personnel Management has dished out some helpful advice to the roughly 800,000 Federal employees impacted by the government shutdown: Tell your landlord you’ll paint in exchange for a break on the rent.
In a Thursday morning tweet, the OPM tweeted sample letters for Federal employees to send to various creditors while they are not receiving paychecks during the shutdown that may drag on for weeks.
Feds, here are sample letters you may use as a guide when working with your creditors during this furlough. If you need legal advice please consult with your personal attorney. https://t.co/t6h6OzALsS
— OPM (@USOPM) December 27, 2018
In one of the sample letters, employees are urged to tell their landlords that they are willing to do odd jobs in exchange for reduced rent payments.
“I will keep in touch with you to keep you informed about my income status and I would like to discuss with you the possibility of trading my services to perform maintenance (e.g. painting, carpentry work) in exchange for partial rent payments,” the letter reads. “I appreciate your willingness to work with me and your understanding during this difficult time.”
Reuters reports that some of the letter templates were created during an Obama administration shutdown in 2013.