What to do if you can't pay rent on time

I Can’t Pay Rent on Time. What Should I Do?

Me and my family moved to a European small city in a little country in 2010. We wanted to rent a house, but had got a shock: there were 600 houses to sell, but 0 (zero) to rent.

The house owners didn’t want to rent their house because of very bad experiences with tenants.

Our problem finally had resolved, but it wasn’t an easy journey.

Things That You Should do If You Fail to Pay Rent on Time

There are feelings that are considered much worse than delayed due bills, if situation happens that you cannot pay them and this is about rent issues.

If payment on rent was not made on time, the rental agreement will spell clearly what happens next.

There are laws with varying case to case basis, but with late payment it will somewhat cost you something, these includes additional payments, and the worst scenario is the possibility of being evicted.

To cut the introduction short, if your payment date is coming and you don’t have the needed funds to pay, we have research helpful tips for you to take in order to safeguard yourself.

Do not assume grace period

Landlords are human beings, and most of them offer grace period for few days for you to settle the payment issue. In other words, if the rent is on 1st, you might be okay until the third day.

On the other hand, remember that they are not supposed to offer grace period. If situations arise wherein your landlord offers a grace period, make way for it, but never assume longer time for you to pay unless the landlord told you.

Never Send Check that is Questionable

Using a bouncing check as payment will not buy time, in other words, giving unsigned check won’t do good.

Doing it may only lead to a deeper and sensitive issue. There’s a chance that your rental agreement has statement regarding the issue of bouncing check.

Reach your out your landlord without delay

As long as possible, if you feel that you will have a difficulty in paying your rent for the month, contact the landlord immediately.

You can write formal request for the extension of the date. The landlord is not required to grant the request, but by giving them warning, they may be able to adjust.

Try to remember that, they (landlords) have regular payments to pay. Your failure to pay will also affect them and can even put them on unexpected difficult situation.

Offer Initial payments

If you are looking for humanity, do something to what you can give to the landlord. It is also better if you pay portion of the total rent and complete it on the extended time agreed.

You can provide date when to complete the total payment. Being honest and doing good effort can help landlord adjust obligations.

Ask For a Waiver on Your Delayed Fee

If you have taken the necessary steps to update the landlord, you can advance the issue and promise to solve the payment issue on the later time, the landlord might waive it with a certain late fee, and this can happen if the issue is first time.

There is no harm in asking, at least you tried. And if you think you can’t pay the rent, you can ask for emergency assistance loan.

But make it sure to take action clear your reasons and will not lead to conclusions like “you have no ability to pay”.

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