What is the best way to ask a tenant for the rent ?

What is the best way to ask a tenant for the rent ?

The best way is to ask them early – ideally before they move in.

Most countries have banking products that allow customers to set up “advance transactions’ that go out on the same date each month. In the UK these are known as “standing orders” but different terms are
used in different countries.

It is not unreasonable to ask a tenant to set up such a transaction as a condition of moving in.

If you can’t get them to do this, then the next trick is to set up an auto-email (you have their email, yes?) that goes out 1 week before the rent is due.

If you are in the US, and you have a standard lease, you do not have to ask for rent, read the lease it will say something like Landiord does not have to demand rent, the lease include the obligation from the tenant
to pay at the required time. You do not have to send an invoice or a notice or an email, actually if you do send that and then you stop sending that, the tenant would have some legal leverage for not paying on
time. (You, by sending the invoice implicitly changed the contract).

If the rent is due on the 1st, and you give a 5 day ‘grace period” before the late fees kick in; for the first time, I send an email and a letter on the 6th, plainly stating that rent was not received and now you owe rent and late fees, and that if it is not received by the
20th, you will start eviction proceedings.
For the 2nd and next times, I send an email, a letter and a certified letter on the 6th, plainly stating that rent was not received and now you owe rent and late fees, and that if it is not received by the 15th, you will start eviction proceedings…. and then you talk to a lawyer to evict them.

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