Collecting Rent

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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