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You will find having a cooperative relationship with your landlord valuable at many junctures throughout the time that you rent. Not only is this the individual you will necessarily approach with concerns or complaints about the property, but also the person to whom you have an ongoing financial commitment, often as determined by a lease. A landlord can be a great ally to you when you need an appliance fixed quickly, when you need to communicate to your neighbor one apartment over that his or her late-night noise level is unacceptable, and when you need to confirm any details of your original agreement. For all of these reasons, you may find it important to only commit to a rental arrangement when you feel comfortable with the landlord.

When you first sit down with your landlord to hash out finer details of a rental agreement, it behooves you to pay close attention or you may end up keeping your items in storage and looking for another apartment after you are evicted. Many details discussed at this point may become foggy later, so it would be to your benefit to jot down notes on anything you imagine could become important down the line. This is also the point at which you can witness your landlord's demeanor when certain topics are brought up, simultaneously interpreting his or her attitude when it comes to potentially precarious matters such as late payments.

Addressing the Problem Immediately

In your talk concerning your lease agreement, your landlord most likely addressed, in some format, his or her policy regarding late rent payments. While rental establishments vary widely in this regard, it is not uncommon for there to be a set late payment penalty fee which escalates according to how late the rent is actually paid. Where paying careful attention to demeanor and specific word choice comes in handy is in determining, ahead of time, how likely you are to receive an extension on your rent.

Some landlords operate on the theory that even the most diligent workers and conscientious bill-payers will occasionally fall behind. Accordingly, these landlords are normally willing to grant an extension as long as your reason for needing one seems legitimate and you do not make a habit of such lateness. If you are fortunate enough to have a landlord who is willing to budge on the rent's due date under extenuating circumstances, your best bet is to approach him or her in a collected manner as soon as you know you will not be able to meet the standard due date, and make your request. Offer the explanation briefly and explain your (sincere) intention not to be late again. Whether you are granted the extension without a penalty fee will be completely up to the landlord's personal discretion.

Some owners of rental properties are typically not lenient when it comes to payments. These may be landlords who have extended deadlines before and have experienced negative results by doing so, or they may simply be categorically opposed to it. Generally, the only factor that may persuade landlords falling in this category is your preceding, lengthy history of on-time payments. If you have always been timely in the past and have in other ways represented an ideal renter, your landlord may make an exception for you. If you find this to be the case, express your gratitude in a simple, straightforward manner and back up your commitment not to be late again with your actions. If you are confident and genuine, asking your landlord for an extension on your rent payment need not be a nerve-racking experience.

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