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    Late rent - guides for LL response?

    Is there a convenient guide somewhere to explain the correct procedure for landlords response to tenants paying their rent late? This question must come up all the time!

    My tenant is late with his 2nd rent payment (actually first payment I receive as the letting agent took the 1st month) and has informed me that he has set up a standing order for the day the rent is due, which I am sure means the cleared funds will be late every month. As this is causing a real problem for me paying my own bills on time this month I'd like to be firm but fair with the tenant and try ensure that future rent due is paid on time.

    Is there anything to do other than writing a firm letter reminding the tenant that the agreement requires cleared funds by the rent due date?

    Thanks

    #2
    I'd recommend:
    a. friendly telephone call when it first happens, with a two-week deadline;
    b. warning letter as soon as it next happens, with a one-week deadline; and
    c. Section 8 Notice (g8/10/11) as soon as two months' rent is owed.
    JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
    1. Public advice is believed accurate, but I accept no legal responsibility except to direct-paying private clients.
    2. Telephone advice: see http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=34638.
    3. For paid advice about conveyancing/leaseholds/L&T, contact me* and become a private client.
    4. *- Contact info: click on my name (blue-highlight link).

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      #3
      Had similar problems with one of my tenants the last 2 months in a row. First month was collected by letting agent, second month paid on time, last month almost 2 weeks late apparently due to her "upgrading" her bank account which meant that all standing orders had to be re-set up - in the end she paid me cash on the 29th of the month ( should have been in my bank on the 17th ).

      Text her yesterday to make sure that the money had left her account....and guess what ? more excuses. Have got her parents as guarantors so I'm not too worried at present and have asked her to make sure its paid into my bank one way or the other by close of business tomorrow.

      Amazing the way that tenants seem to think we can be flexible in when we need the rent paid by.....us landlords obviously just do this for fun and have limitless quantities of cash..............

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        #4
        Thanks, doubt we'll ever get to the point of serving a section 8 notice, and it's certainly not worth pursuing an action for the few pounds and pence in interest for late payment. Will just serve notice that the 6 month let is going to end and won't be renewed

        It's still really irritating. However I did wonder if it keeps happening is there a way to report late payments so that it appears on the tenants future credit checks?

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          #5
          Originally posted by IanM View Post
          It's still really irritating. However I did wonder if it keeps happening is there a way to report late payments so that it appears on the tenants future credit checks?
          Only by:
          a. saying so, if T's next L asks for a reference; or
          b. suing T and registering a CCJ.
          JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
          1. Public advice is believed accurate, but I accept no legal responsibility except to direct-paying private clients.
          2. Telephone advice: see http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=34638.
          3. For paid advice about conveyancing/leaseholds/L&T, contact me* and become a private client.
          4. *- Contact info: click on my name (blue-highlight link).

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            #6
            Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
            Only by:
            a. saying so, if T's next L asks for a reference; or
            b. suing T and registering a CCJ.
            Thought so, shame there isn't an easy way for private landlords to register late payments with the credit reference agencies.

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