If furloughed federal workers are struggling to pay rent during President Donald Trump’s government shutdown, they should try bartering with their landlords to pay the rent, according to the Trump administration.
The Daily Beast reported on Friday that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management tweeted this advice, along with other suggestions, in sample letters federal employees might send to their landlords and creditors while their paychecks are at a standstill.
“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,” one sample letter to a landlord read.
The agency also urged workers to “please consult with your personal attorney” for any required legal advice amid the partial government shutdown, during which nearly 800,000 workers have either been furloughed or asked to work without pay.
The shutdown, now at the one-week mark, is unlikely to end soon. Both the House and Senate closed shop for the weekend on Thursday, meaning the earliest return of full government activities is now next week.
Meanwhile, Trump spent Friday morning tweeting about shutting down the U.S.-Mexico border if Democrats do not approve full funding for his border wall.