3 solutions to ensure rent is paid on time
If you have rented out your house, it is important that your tenant pays the rent on time. You should therefore choose your tenant carefully (without discriminating*) and react in an appropriate manner if you do not receive the payment in good time.
Choose your tenant carefully. You can ask them to provide a pay slip. Put more detailed information in the lease than just the rent in advance (state, for example, that it must be paid on the 5th of the month that it relates to). You can also ask your tenant to pay the rent by direct debit. Furthermore, you can determine in the lease that, in the event of late payment, you can legally demand that your tenant pays the interest due and possibly limited compensation. However, be reasonable.
Monitor payments regularly
Imagine that your tenant does not pay in good time; please contact them. If a phone call or email does not suffice, then you can put them in default by writing to them. If that still has no effect, send a registered letter to your tenant in which you invite them once again to provide the payment for the rent of your property.
In a court of law
If that does not help to solve the problem, you can summon your tenant before the Justice of the Peace. This is not obligatory. The advantage of such an attempt at conciliation is that you can do it yourself at no extra cost. If your tenant does not attend the attempt at conciliation or if you cannot come to an agreement, then this measure will not cost you anything. You can equally initiate “formal” proceedings before the Justice of the Peace. In order to do this, it is best to use a lawyer. Your lawyer can then request the payment of rent arrears. They can also deal with other issues such as the termination of the lease and associated costs.
*Read our article on this matter: Are you looking for a tenant? You can choose, but do not discriminate
Jan Roodhooft, lawyer