It never fails! There are just a certain percentage of the population that have a tough time paying rent! When I was renting houses rent was my single biggest bill and one that was on my radar for weeks in advance.
But many people take a very casual attitude towards housing. It’s like sleeping under a bridge is an acceptable alternative! I just don’t get it.
Rent is due on the 1st and late on the 6th. I play good landlord – bad landlord around the first of each month. Pay your rent or tell me you will be late by the 5th (and what day I can expect the rent) and I am Mr. Good Landlord.
Forget about rent or make me call you on the 6th and I am Mr. Bad Landlord. Part of it is respect. Uh….hello? Did it just happen to slip your mind that you are 3 days away from sleeping under a friggin’ bridge?!!!
Most renters are good people. But some are like little kids. You have to remind them; prod them; whine at them. I am not good at that. So instead, I just give notices — 3-day Pay Rent or Vacate Notices. 10-day Notice to Comply notices. These have become my allies in the fight to collect rent. And they work pretty good!!
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