Property management Charlotte NC might have strict rules about paying rent in time, but some tenants still default on their rent payments. For rectifying the situation of overdue rents and late payments, it can cost money and effort. Sometimes the property owner could be at a loss as to what action can be taken. Hiring a lawyer and going the legal route can work out very expensive. Here are few tips for the property owner who would want to avoid lengthy and costly legal evictions.

Make Sure the Rent is Late

This is quite easy when property management Charlotte NC has an automated system flagging rental due dates of each tenant. However, it is always better to crosscheck the date with the lease document. Many states do not specify any legal grace period for paying rent, and therefore it is important to include a clause in the lease agreement that specifies the allowed grace period, which could be three to five day period after the due date.

The lease should also specify a late fee that can be charged, if the tenant defaults paying the rent even in the grace period. If the lease agreement does not include a clause regarding late fees, the property owner cannot decide to charge retroactively.

Notice for Late Rent

When the rent is overdue, the tenant should be served a notice, which is a written reminder telling the tenant the rent is past due. The notice should also clearly mention the total amount due along with the late fees, and it can carry a warning of further legal action if the rent and late fees are not paid soon. Such late rent notice can be served personally to the tenant by the property manager or it can be taped to the door if the tenant is trying to avoid property management. Even though a late notice is not required by law, it can serve as evidence in court of the tenant’s delinquency of not paying the rent.

Contact by Phone

After the late notice is served, and the tenant does not respond soon, property management Charlotte NC should get in touch with the tenant by phone. However, there should be only one call, as repeated calls could amount to harassment.

Notice of Pay or Quit

If the tenant does not pay the rent even after the phone call, a Pay or Quit notice can be served. This will be a more official notice compared to the late rent notice sent earlier, and will show the tenant that the property management is quite serious about eviction. The notice should clearly state a date by which the tenant has to pay the overdue rent or face eviction. The notice should be delivered in person or stuck to the door, and a copy can be emailed as a backup. 

Legal Eviction

If the tenant does not pay up by the date mentioned in the Pay or Quit notice, then the only option is to hire an eviction lawyer to start the process. Check out the legal eviction process in your state, though you probably already know the pertinent laws. But state laws on this matter do differ so you should understand the legality of the situation.