How to handle tenants who pay rent late?

Answer

If your tenant does not pay the rent on time, there’s a legal process you must follow. This process varies from state to state. Do not allow the rent to fall too far in arrears before taking action. Send your tenant a formal late rent notice when the amount is not paid according to the lease terms.

Contact attorney

If your lease provides for late fees, include that information in the notice. You might contact your attorney to send a warning letter. If the tenant does not pay, start a process of eviction according to the laws in your jurisdiction. It is probably wise to have an experienced attorney go through this process.

Law favors tenants

Laws in many states favor the tenants, and if you do not proceed properly or do something illegal – such as change the locks – you may not get rid of the tenant promptly and face your own legal troubles.

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