Dos and Don’ts if Your Tenant Stops Paying Rent: A Quick Action Plan

If you’re a landlord, one of your biggest fears is that your tenant will stop paying rent. This can be a difficult situation to handle, especially if you’re not sure what to do. In this blog post, we’ll provide a quick action plan for landlords who find themselves in this situation. We’ll also discuss some things that you should NOT do when your tenant stops paying rent.

Here are four things you should do if your tenant stops paying rent:


1. Take a deep breath

When your tenant stops paying rent, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. It’s important to take a deep breath and stay calm. Trying to handle the situation when you’re angry or stressed out is only going to make things worse. Remember, you’re not alone. There are plenty of resources available to help landlords and property owners deal with this situation.

2. Contact the tenant

The first step you should take is to contact your non-paying tenant. In many cases, tenants simply forget to pay their rent on time or they’re having financial difficulties that prevent them from paying it. It’s much easier and less stressful for both parties if you can clear up these issues before getting lawyers involved. Sometimes, all it takes is a phone call or an email to get the rent paid. Keep in mind that you should never threaten or harass your tenant in order to get them to pay their rent.

3. Document everything

It’s important to document everything related to the situation. Keep track of when your tenant stopped paying rent, how much money is owed, and any conversations you have with them about the rent payments. This information will come in handy if you need to take legal action later on. If you’re unable to get the rent paid by contacting the tenant, you may need to take legal action. In most cases, landlords can file for eviction if a tenant doesn’t pay rent. However, it’s important to speak with an attorney beforehand to find out what your specific rights are and learn about the eviction process in your state.

4. Protect yourself

If you’re worried about your tenant stopping paying rent, it’s important to protect yourself. First and foremost, it’s crucial to have a thorough rental agreement in place that clearly states what will happen if the tenant stops paying rent. The terms of this agreement should include not only how much notice the landlord must give when evicting a tenant, but also what the tenant’s rights are. You should also make sure that you have a security deposit from your tenants, and that it’s held in a separate account. This will help protect you if your tenant does stop paying rent and leaves the property damaged or in disrepair.

You should also avoid doing these 4 things when your tenant doesn’t pay their rent


1. Don’t evict your tenant without legal counsel

Evicting a tenant can be a difficult and complicated process, and it’s important to speak with an attorney beforehand. You may end up losing money or time if you try to evict your tenant without knowing the law. This could cost you more money than it’s worth. What’s more, your tenant may sue you for wrongful eviction if they’re able to prove that you violated their rights. It’s always best to talk with an attorney before deciding to evict a non-paying tenant. If the legal fees are expensive and out of your budget, many states have free or low-cost legal.

2.Don’t harass your tenant

When your tenant stops paying rent, it can be frustrating. You may feel angry or stressed out about the situation. However, you should never harass your tenants in order to get them to pay their rent on time. What’s more, harassing a tenant can have legal consequences for landlords who are found guilty of this offense – and they often do. You could end up losing your case and having to pay the tenant for violating their rights.

– What is harassment? Harassment is defined as any action that makes a person feel unsafe in their own home such as making threats or intimidating comments about eviction or threatening legal action without first consulting an attorney.

3. Don’t damage their property

When a tenant stops paying rent, you may be tempted to enter their home and remove or damage some of their belongings. However, this is known as “self-help eviction” because it’s illegal for landlords to evict tenants without going through the legal process. It could cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in court fees, and you may end up losing the case. What’s more, it could also damage your relationship with the tenant and make it difficult to evict them later on.

4. Don’t change the locks on their door or turn off utilities

Another common way that landlords try to evict tenants who aren’t paying rent is by changing the locks on their door. This, too, is illegal without going through the legal process. If you’re caught doing this, you could end up in court and may have to pay your tenant for damages. It’s also illegal to turn off a tenant’s utilities, such as water or electricity, in order to get them to leave.

If you take the proper steps and are patient, evicting a tenant who has stopped paying rent shouldn’t be too difficult. It can also help to protect your income and property in the long run.

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David Mathewes

David Mathewes

David has been in the real estate industry for over 10 years and knows that a team always outperforms a single agent. That is why he puts his clients first and makes sure to stay ahead of market trends. By taking the time to serve each client individually, David has been able to create returning and referral-based clients. When he's not helping clients buy or sell homes, David can be found exploring Denver, spending time with his family or looking for the next best place to enjoy a meal with friends!

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