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Our Favorite Excuses Tenants Give for Not Paying Their Rent






It is understood by the terms of a lease that there is rent to be paid...clearly outlined as to how much is expected and when it is due. But that doesn’t mean that this actually happens 100% of the time. People are human, and life happens. And at Propman Property Management, we hear it all.

Here are some of our favorite excuses why tenants couldn’t pay the rent:

They have other priorities:

  • “My BMW is in the shop and I can’t afford to pay for both.”
  • “I had the choice of paying the rent or buying a car. I bought a car. I thought you would understand.”

It is out of their hands:

  • “My paycheck comes out of Japan and the plane crashed.”
  • “I deposited my paycheck in the bank’s ATM and it got caught in the rollers. It took six days for the bank to tear apart the machine.”
  • “My daughter ate my husband’s paycheck.”

They have poor money management skills:

  •  “I am straight broke.”
  • “My income tax return was supposed to arrive a week ago, so I spent all the money from my paycheck, and now my tax return check has been delayed until two weeks from now.”

Who me?

  • It’s your fault. You deposited my check too late. My automatic withdrawals went through the bank before the rent check.”
  • I’m sure I paid you—YOU must have lost it!”

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