Late Fees

Phil Querin Q&A - Partial Payment of Rent - Landlord's Rights

Question: A resident stops by the manager’s office on the 5th of the month and offers to pay $150 of the $350 of rent that is due, and promising to pay the remaining $200 by the 15th of the month.  The tenant claims that the landlord must accept the partial payment.  What are the landlord's options?  Can the landlord refuse the partial payment?  Where do you draw the line - say a 72 hour notice has been issued - does that change the partial payment scenario?

 

Phil Querin Q&A - Partial Payment of Rent - Landlord's Rights

Question: A resident stops by the manager’s office on the 5th of the month and offers to pay $150 of the $350 of rent that is due, and promising to pay the remaining $200 by the 15th of the month.  The tenant claims that the landlord must accept the partial payment.  What are the landlord's options?  Can the landlord refuse the partial payment?  Where do you draw the line - say a 72 hour notice has been issued - does that change the partial payment scenario?

 

Phil Querin Q&A: Assessment of Late Charges and Recovery of Costs

 

Question:  Our rental agreement provides that rent is due on the first of the month, and late on the fifth. Rent may either be mailed to, or dropped off at, the manager’s office. Occasionally, we have residents mailing their rent checks on or before the fourth (based upon the postmark), but they are not received until the fifth or later.  In those where we receive the rent check on the fifth or thereafter, can we assess a late charge?

 

Related to this, after we issue a 72-hour notice, we have a separate (unrelated) company that takes over, preparing, filing, and serving the eviction complaint. Frequently, before the first appearance, the resident agrees to pay the rent. When that happens, what court costs and fees are we entitled to recover?