Landlords Anticipate Mail Delays

by Chris on March 4, 2013

The U.S. Postal Service just announced a change that may slow receipt of rent checks.

By August, the agency plans to phase out its regular Saturday delivery service, in an effort to manage sustained financial losses.

Landlords who receive rent in the mail could be affected by slower delivery. For instance late payment fees triggered by mail delays may be disputed by tenants.

Going forward, landlords may want to consider these options:

Take another look at collecting rent using electronic means.

Notify tenants of the change to encourage earlier mailing.

Adjust the grace period in the lease to avoid triggering late fees prematurely.

Switch to a post office box address. Saturday delivery to P.O. boxes is expected to continue uninterrupted.

 

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this post in not intended to be construed as legal advice, nor should it be considered a substitute for obtaining individual legal counsel or consulting your local, state, federal or provincial tenancy laws.

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