Posted by CarolFL on April 17, 2000 at 09:42:13:
Do you have kids?
Tenants may not be all that different. Make a rule and stick to it.
Our deal is tht rent is due the 1st, late after the 4th, and a 3 - day notice goes up on the 5th if we don’t have the rent or have not had a prior agreement with the tenant.
They also know that we WILL file after the 3 day notice, and IF we file, we WILL pursue to adjudication, whether they move out or not, and it will be on their records.
We have NEVER (so far!) had to evict. We have helped some tenants move.
We also have a “rent discount” for prompt payment, in lieu of a late fee.
Mr. Landlord would suggest Visa payments, or EFT from their checking account. We have a lot of folks who bring or mail us money orders… and don’t have accounts.
Do these people make their car payments and utilities payments on time? If so, they figure YOU don’t CARE, and because they can get away with sloppy payments, they do.
Now, don’t get me wrong. We have 2 tenants with whom we are working VERY hard these days - but it is by choice… and it is our choice to plug the plug too.
Run it as a business. Take care of their needs, and let them know they WILL take care of yours, or not be amongst your residents!
Go get 'em, tiger!