Rent Arrear Reminder Form


Has your dumbass tenant fallen behind on payments?

Unfortunately, I have one particular tenant that does it all the time. Granted, it’s usually only by a week or so, but still, it’s frustrating. I feel like screaming at her:

What’s the f’ing point of consistantly paying 1 week late? Surely it would make my life easier if you paid on time because it would spear me from chasing you, you idiot!!! I have better things to do than chase you.


Alas, I’m too weak and pathetic to shout at her, consequently I just approach her like a little girl and gently remind her, while feeding her grapes and fanning her with freshly plucked peacock feathers.

Every month, without fail she feeds me some lame excuse which I couldn’t care less about. It’s usually on the lines of:

Oh, i’m really sorry, i’ve been completely flat out this month, it slipped my mind.

Blah blah blah! How can it slip her mind if I remind her every month? The most annoying factor is that every time I chase her up on late payments, she ensures me it won’t happen again.

Don’t get me wrong, she’s a nice woman, and overall, besides from her late payments, she’s a very decent tenant. She’s never not paid (*touches wood*), so I never get overly concerned.

It’s important to leave behind a traceable record

As a landlord it’s good practise to document every important conversation between you and the tenant. Why? Because physical proof can be the difference between winning and losing a case in court (that’s the worst case scenario).

In this instance, if you’re reminding your tenant(s) that they have fallen behind on payments (I use the word “remind” loosely), you can send them a rent arrears reminder form. It’s good practise- and let’s face it, most tenants in arrears won’t pick up the phone anyways.

Here is a rent arrears reminder form that you can send your tenant if they fall behind on rent:

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Simon 21st September, 2008 @ 00:00

Oh yes.. The dreaded late payers! The last guy I had in my house was a nightmare! Every month I had to chase him.

So.. With when the next one moved in it was standing orders all the way! 1st of the Month now I get my money. I told the person this was part of the deal and said I wouldn't let to them without a standing order setup.

Touch wood she's been in there 5 months now and I haven't had a payment late by 1 day.

Maybe say to your person.. "I'm putting this in place as you always seem to forget. This will take that stress off your hands."

I hate chasing people as well and it's a great feeling knowing the money will just show up.

Also.. I find it's a great test when you're showing people. I just tell them upfront that it HAS to be a standing order.. If they make any kind of moans I show them the door.

All the best!

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The Landlord 21st September, 2008 @ 01:20

Hey Simon,

I think we're on the same wavelength!

I have new tenants moving in next week, and I've made it clear that they need to setup a standing order- even put it in the contract :)

Standing orders are the future!

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Simon 21st September, 2008 @ 09:47

They sure are!! And like you say get it in the contact as well.
If they then cancel the standing order you can boot them out easier!

It's just a huge thing every month you don't have to worry about.

All the best!

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Carlie Mayes 10th August, 2009 @ 09:22

we had some dreadful latepayers AND they left the house in an aweful state with over £3k of damage - I will be taking your advice and getting a standing order drawn up - never deal and cash again.
thanks for other advice - have put standing order info into contract.

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Property Genius 7th February, 2010 @ 16:40

I manage over 900 properties which constitutes a large amount of rent each day coming in. It would be fair to say I have had my fair share of arrears to deal with! While we require our tenants to fill out a standing order form at the time of signing the agreement, I have to say it isn't the saving grace the other comments have suggested.

The main issues I have are standing orders can be cancelled by the tenant at anytime and if there are insufficient funds in their account the rent will not be paid. The better way would be a direct debit which gives the landlord/management company control over the transaction but unfortunately is only available to larger companies (and at a large cost!).

Finally even if the tenant no longer pays by standing order and it is stipulated in the agreement, you would be hard pushed to have the tenants evicted, if at all, on those grounds (not to mention the time it would take to even get to court).

However, out of the other options, standing order is the best way, but still doesn't help with arrears. There must be a better way! Loving the image of Samuel L Jackson. "Oh I'm sorry did I break your concentration?!"

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myjamfactory 4th June, 2010 @ 11:06

Below is the precise wording of advice given to prospective DSS applicants.


We do consider DSS applicants but a willing and able guarantor must be offered.
The guarantor must be a UK homeowner, be in full time work and be fully aware of the commitment to pay the rent it the money fails to arrive from the local authority for any reason.
The deposit is usually 25 - 30% greater than one months rent of the property applied for.

Hope this assists.`

If a worthy guarantor can be offered, do business with them.
Young people are being laid off, the economy is shrinking, let HMG pay, they got us into this mess.

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nita 12th October, 2010 @ 18:49

Who on earth cares about a week's rent being late? Too many chav landlords in the UK - you've ruined the mortgage system and the rented property sector, ruined neighbourhoods, and spend it all on take aways - I do hope you get some form of cancer soon :) Your blog is ridiculous, you hyperinflated shit.

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The Landlord 12th October, 2010 @ 21:11

Ridiculous, yet managed to capture your attention. Lovely.

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Soodesh Chocken 21st January, 2013 @ 10:43

My tenant has been late every month so far with her rent (and she has only been in there 4 months, and on first meeting her, before signing the contract I stressed the importance of paying on time and through standing order, as per the contract).

I got some lame excuse on the second month of the property being occupied (and the second month of chasing her) that she is having issues with setting up a standing order with her bank!

Last month I got the excuse that she had to go to Romania for the weekend due to family issues. She paid a week late that month.

As of today, she is 9 days late and refuses to pick her phone or reply to messages acknowledging that rent is overdue (which I have highlighted in my previous messages!

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leo 2nd June, 2014 @ 20:08

I asked my tenant to pay the rent by standing order, even wrote that on the contract, but she ignored me, it is 2 months already, anyone can suggest what can I do?

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john 5th September, 2015 @ 20:59

I got me a night mare tenant. I have given her numerous chances and options to pay of her arrears only to get one bull story after another . I get a payment now and again.
I haven't received a dot for four weeks only to find out she on holiday aboard with her family. hope she,s having a nice time.....grrrrr.

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Sam 8th April, 2018 @ 14:34

Hi my tenants have for the last 4 months paid late and in small instalments, can I serve notice for them to leave?

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paul 10th November, 2020 @ 17:57

I am 57 and left home and rented my first property when 16. I have never missed my rent in my life. My dear grandmother always said 'never miss your rent, or you will lose the roof over your head' I think that a tenancy is a load of bollocks, and is not worth wiping your ass on! I have been served a section 21 notice more than once, even halfway through my tenancy. Through no fault of my own, apart from the landlord wanting to sell up and fuck off. I have never been allowed to have a dog, but the landlord still likes his rent every month. Even though I had a professional dog walker to pay, to take the dog out. I even lost the contents of my furniture as I could not afford storage, and gave everything away to the salvation army. I then started out again, and low and behold I was served another 21 notice, as the landlord passed away and the property sold. Why can't there be a law that protects us when we pay the rent on the dot, are quiet and conscientious tenants and keep our home immaculate? Just been served a notice to quit as landlord said rent behind by two months? No text/email/reminder letter. The landlord found his missing payments all happy and well, notice retracted! Not good enough! BTW any decent landlords who want a star tenant in the Bournemouth area who will let me have a dog? :-)

















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