A Notice to Pay Rent is a document issued by the landlord or an agent of the landlord notifying the tenant that the rent is due and make request for the rent. The document outlines the rent due, the due date and any late fees incurred by the tenant. A Late Rent Notice is often the first step in a landlord's attempt to evict a tenant who habitually fails to pay their rent on time.
The landlord may either send this letter in person or through his/her authorized agent. The agent must be a party who has been authorized by the landlord under a Power of Attorney or a Letter of Authorization, which are also available for download.
How to use this document
This document can be used by a landlord to remind a tenant about the late rent payment. This notice includes the following information: the name and address of the landlord/agent, name and address of the tenant, the location of the property, the contact details of the landlord/agent, the rent due and any late charges the tenant has incurred for failing to make timely payment.
After filling the form, the landlord/agent must sign the document and deliver the document to the tenant and the tenant may also send a receipt to the landlord/agent acknowledging that he/she has received the letter. The landlord must keep one copy of the document for record purposes.
If the tenant ignores this letter and remains on the property, the landlord may start the process of recovering the premises. When proceeding with the recovery, the landlord or his lawful attorney must first serve a Notice to Quit to the tenant and then an owner's intention to recover possession. After this is done, the landlord can proceed to file an action for the recovery of premises at the Magistrate Court.
Note that if the tenant makes payment, the landlord/agent must issue a Rent Receipt to the tenant.
A landlord is not mandated by law to issue a Late Rent Notice. However, it is a good action before commencing an action at the Magistrate Court for recovery of the premises.
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