I’ve told you before that I’m a stickler about forms and checklists. So it may come to you as no surprise that I have a “Tenant Request for Payment Arrangements” form for when my tenants have some bizarro excuse about why they can’t pay their rent.
Rents are due on the 1st day of each month, grace period of 5 days and then late rent notices go out to the delinquent tenant. Then the phone calls start coming in with requests to pay their rent late. I will accept or make payment arrangements over the phone, I require that the tenant put forth and effort to come in and pay something. While they are here, I require that they fill out the request in writing and line out the days that they will pay and tell them to give me a reason for paying late. This is so that I can keep track of how many funerals of their grandmother they have actually attended.
Most of the reasons in the request for payment arrangements are legit, and range from the mundane short paychecks and medical bills to blaming the bank. However, there are some reasons that are submitted that just floor me, such as:
“Had a family emergency, had to go to California for 9 days.”
“I had to get my cat declawed.”
“I’m just a student, can’t you have mercy on me?”
“I needed the money for a down payment on the new place I’m moving into.”
“You should have called me before taking my check to the bank so that I could’ve made sure the money was in there.”
So if you had to pay your rent late and didn’t have a legitimate excuse, what would be your reason? Come on, give me the best you’ve got, that way I can tell some of my crazy tenants that “I’ve already heard that one.”