One of the most challenging experiences as a landlord is dealing with a former tenant who owes you rent and is not paying up. It can create financial strain if you rely on rental income to pay your bills or maintain the property.
If you are in such a situation, below are some helpful tips that can help recover the rent arrears.
Communication is key
Ensure the tenant has all the information about what they owe in unpaid rent. Try to find out why they have not paid and whether they are facing any financial difficulty. They may be going through a rough patch and are willing to work out a payment plan. If so, find a solution that works for both parties.
Use the security deposit
If you have a security deposit from the tenant, you can use it to recover all or part of the unpaid rent. Be sure to follow due process and send the tenant a notice explaining why you are withholding all or part of their security deposit. It’s best to provide a list of deductions, including unpaid rent, damages or other expenses.
Do not take matters into your hands
Harassing the tenant or taking unauthorized actions can land you in legal trouble and jeopardize your chances of successfully recovering the unpaid rent. Despite your frustrations, stay on the right side of the law to avoid unintended consequences.
Explore your other options
If efforts to find a middle ground do not bear fruit and the security deposit is insufficient to cover the unpaid rent, it may be time to look into other avenues. For instance, you can initiate legal action against the tenant in court to recover the outstanding dues.
It is advisable to seek an informed assessment of your situation for advice on the most efficient and effective way of recovering your dues.