It's the first of the month, so you check your rent collection log to make sure all your tenants have paid. That's when you notice you're missing rent from some of your tenants again.
Why does rent collection have to be so difficult?
The answer is it doesn't. With effective rent collection strategies, you'll improve the collection process.
Continue reading this guide to learn the best methods to use.
Start With the Best Tenants
What's the difference between good tenants and bad ones? There are too many to explain here. But one difference is the likelihood they'll make on-time rent payments.
Good tenants pay on time more frequently than bad ones. Starting with the best tenants can instantly improve your chances of collecting rent on time.
You can find better ones through effective tenant screenings. These screenings provide details about a person before you agree to rent to them.
You can also hire a company to help you collect rent. If you're struggling with this issue, it may be a sign you need a property management firm for help.
Improved rent collection is only one benefit of having better tenants. But there are also plenty of other benefits.
Automate Your System
Collecting rent is easier when it's electronic. Electronic funds transfers (EFTs) provide a way to exchange money electronically.
With these, you get the money faster and won't have to make bank deposits. The money automatically lands in your account.
The best way to accept these payments is through an automated system. Set up a tenant portal for your commercial rental property. You can also use it for residential rental property.
Tenants can log into the portal to pay their rent and can set up recurring payments. You can use the portal to encourage tenants to renew their leases and to provide news and updates.
A portal also gives your tenants a platform to request repairs and maintenance. A property management firm can help you set one up if you need help.
Provide Options for Rent Collection
Paying rent shouldn't be difficult or confusing for your tenants. Provide your tenants with a written list of options for paying rent.
This might include a lockbox they can use for dropping off the rent. It may include mail-in payments or an automated system.
Develop and Enforce a Late Payment System
Finally, develop and enforce a system for late payments. When tenants receive a late payment charge, it can encourage them to pay on time the next month.
The primary thing is you must enforce the late-payment penalties. This way, your tenants know they'll have to pay the fee if they pay late.
Seek Help From an Expert
Effective rent collection provides a steady cash flow, helping you pay your bills on time. You can use these methods to improve your rent collection. However, you can also hire an expert.
PMI Prime Property Services is a leader in property management services. We service Morristown, NJ, and surrounding areas and offer state-of-the-art technology with our services.
We can assist with residential and commercial rental properties. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help.