It’s rare to find a tenant whose never had problems paying rent on time, every single month – without any errors. Sometimes, tenants are unable to pay at all, or cannot pay the full amount. If you’re a tenant of ethics and who has a reputation for being a good tenant, most of the time the landlord won’t evict you – even if you’re a month, or two, late. Most landlords would rather solve the situation without evicting you. If they evict you, it can cause all sorts of headaches they’d rather NOT face.
If you’re a tenant, you should read the advice being given below. It might help!
Negotiate a partial payment – or a future date
If your goal is to avoid eviction, it’s a good idea to be up front about your situation and ask for an extension. Honesty does pay, and by showing good faith of honesty – your landlord may help you! If the landlord values you, and considers you a good tenant – they won’t want to lose you. It’s difficult to evict someone – and more difficult to find a good tenant. Here’s the exact procedure to follow.
- Ask your landlord in writing for a few days. Do it as soon as possible.
- Explain difficulties your facing, and emphasize this is temporary and will be rectified (make sure it is apparent that this is simply a bad time, and will be fine soon).
- Offer to pay some of the rent, or as much as possible
- Set a date. Give your landlord a realistic day when they can expect it.
- Offer to pay a late fee if needed.
By doing the steps above, you show the landlord you’re serious, and are looking to take responsibility for your actions. Above all – don’t ignore the problem at hand, and hope it will go away – it won’t! Very often, we hear of tenants who ignore the problem – thinking their landlord will simply not notice. Depending on the amount of tenants, you may be right – but soon enough when they start doing their own accounting they’ll know your check is missing. It’s better to get ahead of the problem.
Don’t Send Checks Which Will Bounce
The worst thing possible is sending a check that bounces. Not only is it unprofessional, it can cause your money landlord extra fees and fines from his bank. Now that’ll mean you have to pay more money – and also, you’ll suffer the landlords anger. Some tenants sometimes play games, like sending a check this isn’t signed. If you bounce your check, or constantly play games like sending unsigned checks – it’ll often trigger a late fee. If your check bounces, the landlord has the right to charge a late fee + bank fee.
Landlords Hate Losing Good Tenants
Remember this, and keep this in the back of your head. If you’ve been paying making payment consistently, it’s best to ask the landlord for some courtesy and flexibility. Evicting is a very difficult process, and finding new and better tenants is even more difficult. This means that if you talk to the landlord, he’ll very often be more than happy to work with you.