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Re: Tenant refuses to pay late fee by AnonymousFL on February 22, 2019 @12:09

I disagree. I don't see that as a solution to her problem. It sounds like you are suggesting using and online system in order to avoid interacting with the tenant. Avoidance just delays and possible escalates the problem.

Sadly, penalizing a tenant's pocketbook is really the only tool a landlord has to enforce rules (other than threatening eviction). I think it is better to stand firm and tell the tenant that when their rent is late, they have to pay the late fee. Obviously, the landlord can try to work with the tenant (such as forgiving the first late payment) if the tenant sounds sincere is correcting their ways.

The way we do it is not only charge the late fee, but charge 18% interest on unpaid amounts (which our state allows). Then, at the end of the lease, we do not automatically send a renewal to those folks. Instead, we send a letter stating that we would be willing to discuss renewal options...and in that meeting, we discuss payment issues...and if they don't pay it or want to be difficult, we may not renew them.
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