How to Handle Late or Non Payment

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on October 1, 2008 under Rents and Deposits | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

Even the best of tenants occasionally find themselves in a situation where they cannot pay the rent on time.  How you as the landlord handle late or non-payment can make a large difference in your relationship  with all your tenants!

Treat Tenants Fairly, but Firmly
The goal is to treat tenants fairly and with some understanding, while at the same time protecting yourself, your income, and your ability to evict tenants when necessary.

  • You should be understanding of occasional late payments
  • Make it clear to all tenants that continually falling in arrears won’t be tolerated
  • Written information to tenants should clearly state what your arrears policy is: Do you have a grace period? Is there a fee for late payment beyond a certain number of days? How many months can they be late before you start the eviction process?
  • When a tenant does fall behind, the first course of action is always to speak directly with them to determine the problem. Be sure to document all conversations, just in case you do need to follow through with eviction
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