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by Brian Davis

Can you imagine tenants consistently paying on time or possibly even early? Amazing concept, isn’t it.

While many tenants initially perform well, over time many become lackadaisical with their rental payments, and their adherence to the rental agreement.

Try out these five great tips that will help ensure your tenants (and your rental investments)stay in great condition.

5 Landlord Tips For Collecting Rent

Tip 1: Bonus Offer for Early Rental Payments Who doesn’t love a bargain, or a great sale? Offering an incentive for advance rental payments will encourage your tenants to pay their rent early. It could be a $50 break on rent, a discount on the following month’s rent, a credit towards their utility bill, or a gift
card to Best Buy! Incentives are the way to go and more often than not ensure landlords receive timely payments.

Tip 2: Late Payment Penalties Positive reinforcement works, right? Well, so does negative reinforcement! We strongly encourage your rental agreement to include a late payment penalty. Still, the ultimate responsibility for enforcing timely payments is up to you.

Filing for eviction over a $40 late fee may seem extreme, but it will send a strong message, and you probably will not have the same problem again.

Tip 3: Report Rental Payments to the Credit Bureaus Credit is critically important in today’s society, and many tenants appreciate this, going to great lengths to protect their credit ratings. People are far more likely to pay bills on time when they know the payments are being reported to credit bureaus, so give your tenants a strong incentive to actually make those payments on time, or even early.

Tip 4: Don’t Accept Rental Agreement Violations Being a landlord is being in business, and businesses do not simply allow their clients to break their contracts. For example, if your lease prohibits tenants from keeping pets, but you discover the tenant has a mastiff dog – it’s time for a swift and effective intervention.

If you send your tenant a notice informing them that they must cure or vacate, followed by an eviction complaint, you put yourself in an excellent negotiating position. From there, you may decide to let them keep the pet, but only if they pay an additional monthly fee, or put down an additional deposit, etc. However, it’s critical that you send an unambiguous message that you will not tolerate any violation of your rental agreement.

Tip 5: Rental Inspections Are Essential We suggest checking on your rental properties as often as you can, keeping an eye on how your tenants are treating your investment and verifying there are no rental violations. Once again, this sends a message that you are a serious landlord, and that the rental property is a priority for you. This may also encourage your tenants to keep the property clean.

Management Strategy For Landlords If you want your tenants to perform and your rental property to yield the maximum possible return, you must be aggressive in managing that investment: be proactive, be responsive, and above all, enforce the rules of your rental agreement!

Brian Davis is a seasoned landlord and marketing professional. As Vice President of online company EZLandlordForms, Brian Davis works to empower landlords and property managers across the United States with valuable information and documents to support their work.

Brian, with over a dozen rental properties of his own, understands what it takes to be an effective landlord through first-hand experience.

Mr. Brian Davis graduated cum laude from University of Delaware’s Honors Program, with a degree in Psychology and a degree in Criminal Justice. From 2003-2006 he managed the Real Estate Department for Bay Capital Corporation, a national mortgage lender. From 2006-2008 he served as an account executive and property inspector, overseeing the renovation of dozens of properties for a private lending company. He joined EZLandlordForms in 2008.

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  • Douglas Losty

    Beware of suggestion #1!

    Offering a rebate or any kind of bonus for timely rent payments is illegal is some states, including Connecticut, where I am. It’s considered a form of penalty and if the payment is on time, why should there be a penalty? Such is the apparent viewpoint of our laws…

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