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Tenant refuses to pay late fee by Ellie on February 19, 2019 @15:14

I am a landlord in Iowa.
What can I do if tenant refuse to pay late fee? He did not pay this month late fee and last month too
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Re: Tenant refuses to pay late fee by Garry on February 20, 2019 @05:14 [ Reply ]
To my knowledge, there are only 2 ways to get late fees. One is, you request them from the tenant, and they give them to you. The other is that you have it already written into your lease from day 1, that late fees charged for any given month, will automatically come out of the following month's rent FIRST, before that rent is paid.

So lets say the rent is $800, they paid rent late in Feb, and you charged them $60, which they did not pay. You could deduct the $60 from March's rent (of $800) when they pay it, leaving them owing you $60 rent for March. You could then give them a 3 day notice to pay the $60, or quit. Then you must be willing to go thru the eviction process, if they don't pay you the $60. You have to do it this way, because in Iowa, the courts will not let you evict someone for not paying late fees, only for not paying rent (no matter what amount it is that they did not pay).
Re: Tenant refuses to pay late fee by LAMAC66 on February 20, 2019 @13:26 [ Reply ]
Move into the tech age and get a online payment app or web portal where tenant pays rent.You set up the date that rent is due and what amount. You can set up when rent is late and can not be paid unless late fee is included.

This keeps tenants from gaming the system by partially paying rent and paying in full when they get good and ready to.

If rent is not paid by that date. Automated notice is sent out, and you print the same notice and post on there door and mail by certified mail.

If rent is not paid along with late fee, then you file for eviction. That simple.
Re: Tenant refuses to pay late fee by Brendan on April 10, 2019 @22:31 [ Reply ]
Deduct the late fees from his security deposit. Pay them to you. Then mail a notice to tenant that his security deposit account is underfunded and he must fund it to the proper amount within so many days. Keep your paperwork.

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