One of the most frustrating parts of holding the position of landlord is the mandatory task of collecting rent every month. The collection of rent is not only necessary in order for you to keep your job as a property owner one that provides a viable income, but it’s part of an understood (not to mention, written) agreement between a landlord and a tenant.
So why is it so hard to collect the rent on time? Many landlords complain of having to “run down” their tenants in order to make sure that their rent is collected in a timely manner. Is there any easier way to go through the process of getting paid each month? The following are some ideas that many landlords have tried.
Collect a year’s worth of post-dated cheques.
You just might be able to take the whole running-down-your-tenants thing out of the equation if you insist upon being paid in advance. Many landlords ask their tenants to provide them with post-dated cheques. A total of twelve to cover the forthcoming year is generally part of a standard request. Admittedly, this process doesn’t guarantee that enough money will be in the accounts of the tenants who provide the cheques. The last thing you want is for them to bounce.
On Landlordology.com, Sara Thompson also points out a couple of other issues that may arise with this method. “Most tenants I know are uneasy about writing 12 post-dated cheques especially to a landlord they just met,” she notes, “ Remember, it’s illegal to cash a cheque before the date mark.”
Have a heart to heart with your tenants.
Last month, we blogged about the importance of developing and growing the landlord/tenant relationship. Naturally, it makes life a lot easier when you can get along with the people who rent your property. One of the reasons is that it opens the doors for important conversations. Are your tenants going through rough financial patches? Perhaps, you can get to the bottom of why the rent is always late by simply talking it out with your tenants.
“Discuss whether changing the payment date or method would help,” suggests GoCardless.com, “For instance, some tenants may prefer to make smaller payments on a more frequent basis. Asking your tenants to set up a Direct Debit or standing order will reduce the chances of them forgetting to make a payment.”
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