Since rent is always due on the first of the month, if you pay your rent after the first, then it is considered a "late" payment and you will owe a late fee. If you have a "grace" period (rare) then your payment will still be late after the 1st, but you may not be assessed a late fee until later. Check your individual lease for specifics. In most cases, there is no grace period.
The late fee must be paid unless waived by our office in writing. If late fee remains unpaid, your next rent will come up short, since late fees will be deducted from the next rent payment, in accordance with the terms of your lease.
Unpaid rent issues do not go away on their own. Your best option is always to contact us as soon as possible if you are having problems.
Most eviction issues are caused by a failure to pay rent and / or late fees, and a failure to contact our office to deal with the problem once the rent / fees remain unpaid. You can read more about the eviction process itself by looking at our related eviction article.
One way you can avoid late payments and the threat of eviction is to set up automatic rent payments on our secure website. Using this method, you will never be late again!~
If you have questions concerning late rent payments, please call a member of our team on: (407) 901-5161.
If you have legal or technical questions concerning the terms of your lease, you should consult a real estate attorney as we are not permitted to give legal advice and this article should not be construed as legal advice.