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How to collect rent from tenants

California residential landlords likely look forward to collecting their monthly rent from their tenants. However, it can be a stressful time for those who don't have a streamlined or automated way of collecting it. While landlords may decide for themselves within reason how to get their rent, several factors may determine the easiest way to do so. For those who only have a few tenants, it may be possible to physically collect checks each month.

Those who live far away from their properties may be better off collecting the rent electronically or through a third party. Electronic transfers may also be ideal for landlords who simply don't want to interact with their tenants on a regular basis. Landlords who don't know how to make use of electronic transfers or other digital tools may feel at ease collecting rent checks in person.

It may be possible to allow tenants to mail their rent checks or drop them off at a central location. If a landlord does allow a tenant to pay rent online, he or she may be charged a fee that may need to be passed on to tenants. Furthermore, it may still be necessary to offer tenants without internet access the ability to pay by cash or check. Regardless, payments made online or by check may take time to clear.

Landlords may generally choose how they wish to collect the rent each month. Furthermore, landlords may impose penalties on those who do not pay the rent on time. If a landlord is having trouble collecting rent from a tenant, it may be necessary to have the assistance of an attorney who has experience with these types of landlord-tenant disputes. This may make it easier to resolve the matter in a favorable manner favorable to the landlord.

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