Collecting Late Rent Fees in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Rental Late Fees

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Most experienced rental property owners will tell you that it’s not uncommon for tenants to pay their rental payments late. And it can cause financial problems for landlords who have their own expenses to pay.

Even the rental property itself has its own financial obligations that must be met – everything from property taxes, mortgages, repairs, and utilities must be paid on time. It seems the only one who doesn’t have to be paid on time is you, the property owner!

Beyond finances, tenants that make late rental payments can create bookkeeping problems and bookkeeping problems means time. What does time equal?  Time equals money!

What offsets all this is the compensation for the Late Rental Fee. Every lease should have built-in a provision that late tenant rental payments will result in a late fee. While the City of Philadelphia controls just how much Philadelphia rentals can charge, it still amounts to just enough to offset some of the inconvenience.

As a property manager, I take steps to insulate my property owners when tenants make late rental payments and of course, we do extensive screening.

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Here are some tips on setting rental late fees:

  • You must allow for any state-required grace period. White rental payments are due on whatever date is set in the lease (often the 1st of the month) many states require landlords to give the tenants a grace period. It can range from 3-10 days depending on what state your rental property is in
  • In Philadelphia, we are not allowed to charge over 10% of the monthly rent as a late fee. So the rental late fee for a $1000 a month rental can’t be more than $100.
  • The lease also stipulates “how” rental payments are to be made. If the rent is to be mailed then the postal mark is the decider whether a rent is late or not. For guidelines on the Philadelphia Eviction


Joe White

Joe White is a Philadelphia Property Manager and Real Estate Broker. He is the owner of Grow Property Management and has been involved in the management, sales and purchases of Philadelphia area rental investment properties since 2008. He is an author and works as a real estate investment consultant and construction manager.

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