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PAYING RENT

When Rent Is Due vs Being Late
Tenants, somehow get confused between when rent is due and when rent is late. The time frame in which late fees can be applied, has absolutely nothing to do with when rent is due, or when the eviction process can be started. They are entirely two different and distinctly separate timelines.

At Affordable Property Management, rent is due on the 1st of each month... period! That means that an eviction process can be started on the 4th of the month, regardless of when a payment may be considered "late" for charging late fees or any other penalty. So as an example, if a lease happened to stipulate that late fees wouldn't be charged, or rent was to be considered late until after the 15th of the month, there is the distinct possibility that a landlord could start the eviction process on the 2nd of the month and have a lock-out completed before the payment would be "late"... again, late in that fees could be charged.

Are Late Fees, Rent?
Most Rental Agreements stipulate that any outstanding charges, including late fees, become rent after they have gone unpaid for 30 days. So, yes, not paying your late fees or other charges means that you can be evicted for that as well since those amounts become rent. In our office, and with our agreements, we go a step further and stipulate that ALL outstanding charges, whether for late fees, utilities, or whatever, will be paid FIRST, before any funds are applied to rent owed.

Money Orders vs Personal Checks
Many tenants do not realize that personal checks (actually ANY type of check, including bank checks) are not legal tender and do not have to be accepted for payment. However, as a practical business matter, Affordable Property Management does accept checks for the convenience of our tenants. We do not accept personal checks at the time of move-in, nor do we continue to accept checks with established tenants once a tenant has bounced one. A tenant’s account will be marked not to accept personal checks and should one be mailed in, it will be returned, unused. Also, after the 7th of the month, management will not accept a personal check.

Bad Luck and Excuses
After 20 years we've heard everything. Frankly, everyone has problems, all the time. Your non-payment is causing us a problem. By the way, it is NOT the Post Offices, or the mailman's job to get your rent to us in a specific amount of time. If you are going to rely on the post man than you need to be ready to accept the fact that sometimes your payment is not going to get here on time and you are going to incur late fees... deal with it. Management would suggest that you mail your rent at least two (2) weeks in advance in order to minimize any chance of slow mail Affordable Property Management of a few different payment options. You can mail your payment to us, bring it to our office, our make you payment online at www.Paylease.com. Paylease.com does charge a fee to do this and they take three business to process your payment. 

 
Contact Affordable Property Management today at 702-437-4121 or Email: Cmclain139@gmail.com