It was a find — a better apartment, with a lower rent. Amber Thompson jumped on it and gave her landlord 30 days' notice.

Shortly before the 28-year-old Gonzales, La., hospital recruiter was scheduled to move, she found out that her landlord required 60 days' notice. She would have to pay an extra month of rent for her old place on the same day she'd be paying the first month's rent on her new place, on top of her other bills. Her paycheck wouldn't arrive in time to cover it all.

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