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What Should I Do When My Tenant’s Rent is Late?

Late Rent Notice Paper with a PenThere are many things you can do to encourage on-time rent payments as a property owner or landlord. But there will be times a tenant will still make late payments or miss rent payments altogether. It is essential to know the best way to manage them in these situations. For multiple landlords, establishing a step-by-step procedure is a way to make certain that their response is both well-timed and consistent.

Encourage Paying On Time

One of the first and most crucial things you can do as a Mira Mesa property manager is to encourage your tenant to pay their rent on time. Regular communication and convenient online rental payment options are the best way to do this. Be in contact with your tenant – even when things are going smoothly- as it encourages better and constant communication when things get hard. What’s more, you can help motivate your tenant to keep their payments on time by making rent payments easy and convenient.

Check Payment Records

If a tenant’s rent payment is still overdue, you could double-check your records and make sure that it is late and not a written error. Also, double-checking your lease documents can help determine whether your tenant is still in the agreed grace period for on-time payments. Sometimes a late payment isn’t late. It is essential to have your facts in line before you move on to the next step.

Send a Late Notice

When the grace period has passed and you still haven’t received the rent payment, you need to send a reminder to your tenant about the late rent. This reminder can be official or as friendly as you’d like, but just make sure to put it in writing and document your delivery method.

Call Your Tenant

If you’ve established positive, communication with your tenant, it’s essential to continue that when handling late or missing rent payments. Just by simply giving a friendly phone call to your tenant, you can understand the situation a lot more and figure out why the payment is late. Although your tenant may not want to talk about the details of the circumstances, especially if they’re facing sudden financial hardship, even a quick conversation could accomplish a lot. Besides, be aware not to call your tenant repeatedly or demand payment. This is considered harassment, which is illegal.

Send a Pay or Quit Notice

If you have tried reminders and the rent payment has overpassed your lease’s grace period and other late payment terms, it is time to send your tenant a pay or quit notice. This notice is an official document that expresses your intent to pursue action opposed to your tenant. This notice should have the amount of money the tenant owes, the deadline to pay in full, and your intent to evict if these conditions are not fulfilled. Make sure to follow state and local laws that govern when such notices can be sent and how they must be delivered to the tenant.

Start the Eviction Process

It may be time to pursue legal action against the tenant if there are no other options left. The eviction process typically needs a court ruling in most places. In lots of places, it’s illegal to forcibly evict a tenant or even change the locks until the court proceedings are finished. The proceedings could take months and can be costly for those involved. It is necessary to follow the law and evictions process to avoid delays or having the judge rule in the tenant’s favor.

Keep it Professional

Finally, as you work with your tenant, you may need to keep some things in mind. First, do not accept partial rent payments Take any amount of money and you will just restart the eviction process from the very beginning. Just be sure to document everything, including the phone calls. At last, it is most crucial to maintain your professionalism and adhere to the terms of your lease. You may not want to, but enforcing your lease is a crucial part of managing your rental property as a business.


Dealing with late or missing rent payments can be a time-consuming headache. That is why many rental properties owners hire property managers like Real Property Management Realevate Refined to do it for them. Contact us online to learn more about our quality services.

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