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Late rent payments (by Tommye Sardin [IL]) Oct 11, 2017 9:26 PM
       Late rent payments (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Oct 11, 2017 11:07 PM
       Late rent payments (by Vee [OH]) Oct 12, 2017 5:18 AM
       Late rent payments (by Salernitana [CA]) Oct 12, 2017 8:08 AM
       Late rent payments (by Kim [TX]) Oct 12, 2017 8:37 AM
       Late rent payments (by bet [MA]) Oct 12, 2017 9:14 AM

Late rent payments (by Tommye Sardin [IL]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 9:26 PM

My first floor tenant is always late with rent. They have been severely late 3 months consistently.

Serve 5 day. Problem I have a tenant in eviction court and I need their late rent.

Some ideas please.

Problem can't move forward until I get a new tenant for eviction apt.


Late rent payments (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 11:07 PM


It starts here: WHO let them be late?

We get what we allow.

Most LLs are so worried about getting the rent they ALLOW their resident to pay late which makes him late the next month too, because

-we let them get deeper into debt

-we taught them it's OK to be late, nothing will happen, the LL complaining only hurts for a moment over the phone.

ZERO TOLERANCE on lates WORKS! They actually pay.

We send a text: 'Joe, this is your final notice to pay within 3 days or vacate. Sheriff eviction will be filed on ____ (the third day).

They usually pay.

Your best action is to get his forwarding address and job so you can pursue collections.

I negotiate with them on a date to vacate and give that signed paper to the judge.

Hope some of this helps!


Late rent payments (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 5:18 AM

I have been to eviction court many, many times and in my big city court the judge will ask what is the latest that you accepted rent from unit 2 on flower street? Whatever that date is from the first is when you need to refile your case (it all comes back to what was allowed), however if you have documented that 3 months in a row were ontime then you can begin the process can start on the 2nd. Most judges explain this as there is no reward for sitting on your hands, I also encourage you to adopt the -zero tolerance- method described above.

Late rent payments (by Salernitana [CA]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 8:08 AM

Although you might be embroiled in court with another tenant, you might wager if your deadbeat tenant is hoping to stay at your place during however long your case lasts. If so, you should serve a pay-or-quit notice each month the tenant is late until you're done with your court case. If you have enough money to feel comfortable with going to court again or getting your deadbeat tenant out, then you can get really serious about having the tenant out if rent is not paid on time. Is your late-paying tenant on a lease? You might not renew it when it's up for renewal. I'm gathering that you've talked to your deadbeat tenant who at this point is probably playing off your good graces?

When you do get your tenant out, the one with whom you're in court, please pore over this forum's posts about screening so that you'll find a tenant whose odds of making you go to court again are low. As the posts on late rent have noted, most deadbeat tenants do not learn until they're faced with stiff consequences, and even after that, they still won't rewire their thinking to pay rent on time.

Best of luck and please share what happens.

Late rent payments (by Kim [TX]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 8:37 AM

Tommye, I feel your pain! I have been "cleaning house" for the last few months after a history of letting tenants pay late. I have one recent eviction and two more getting filed this week. Unfortunately, I also have to pay an attorney $800 per eviction because the property in question is in a trust. If we can get through this self-inflicted financial mess, we will not let it happen again!

Late rent payments (by bet [MA]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 9:14 AM

2 tenants this month stated they were going to be late, sorry for the inconvenience they said. I told them no problem, eviction notice goes out on the 2nd. Guess what, both paid their rent in full and on time. You get what you allow and what you dont.

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