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Late Rent!

August 9th, 2011 at 02:24 am

Ugh. My husband mailed his rent check to the address as instructed. He mailed it on Saturday, July 30. It was due by Friday, August 5th. It apparently has not arrived, even though it's destination is a 20 minute drive north.

He arrived home today to a late notice. He has to pay a 10% late fee, plus some other concessions that generally are waived if payment is due on time. Total late fee is over $185!!!

My husband was warned by front office of his apartment complex when he moved in that they are very strict on late payments and even went as far as to suggest he drive a check to the office each month. Their office hours are 8-4:30pm Monday thru Friday. Guess when my husband has class? Right during those times.

DH is quite upset. I'm upset, but know that we simply learned a lesson about the type of company we are dealing with or the postal service. Not sure which. We will pay the fee, of course. And we are even going so far as to pay September's rent now. DH will call the company in the morning to clarify that they have not received the check and then leave school early to drive there and make the rent payment, late fee, and next month's rent. Oh, and we might just put a stop on that check that was mailed. We'll decide that tomorrow after speaking to them.

Frustrating at the very least. We tried to pay on time, but it just didn't seem to work out. New plan of attack is for DH to pay the rent in person out of our mid month pay. And get a receipt!!

11 Responses to “Late Rent!”

  1. littlegopher Says:

    Very frustrating...your plan to pay ahead sounds like a good idea. That late fee is outrageous!

  2. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I agree...paying ahead makes alot of sense in this situation.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    I wonder where that check went? I hate paying unnecessary fees. So annoying!

  4. wolfy Says:

    What about using bill pay from your bank (if they have it) to pay your rent. I know our bank will tell us when the money is going to get to the place. If it doesn't get there on time some banks will cover any fees accrued because it was late.

  5. debtfreeme Says:

    Can he pay it online via the web? My apt complex company has a website set up, that way no late fees or mail mix ups.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    Nope. He cannot pay online. It's like this company is working in the 1970's. They don't even accept rent at the front office. It has to be mailed or paid in person, 20 minutes away. Crazy!

  7. Petunia 100 Says:

    What about a payment drop slot? Can he drive to the office when they aren't open and leave a check in a drop slot?

  8. North Georgia Gal Says:

    You will probably want to stop payment on the mailed check because I bet they will cash it when they receive it.

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh yes, we are stopping the payment on that first check. Crazy apartment management people. We just want to give you money and you make it more difficult than it needs to be. Seriously, if the front office can accept checks for first months rent and deposits, why not regular rent checks? Ugh!!

  10. ceejay74 Says:

    Ugh, this would angry up my blood for sure!

  11. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    How completely aggravating!

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