Last editedJul 20231 min read
Landlords and letting agencies collect payment in various ways, including cash, cheque, standing orders and Direct Debit. However, we’ve seen an increasing number of private landlords and letting agencies of all sizes make the switch and automate rent collection with Direct Debit.
If you’re collecting rental payments, now is the perfect time to review your payments process to ensure you’re making the most of your time and money and catering to your tenants' needs.
Direct Debit can help you in four ways:
Automate rent collection
Reduce late rent payments
Increase rent easily
Reduce manual admin
1. Direct Debit allows private landlords to automate rent collection
Direct Debit is a pull payment that puts private landlords in charge of rent collection. Once set up, payments will automatically be debited from your tenant's account and credited to yours without requiring any manual effort from you or your tenant. With rent payments automated, you can focus on the more important things in your life and business.
2. Direct Debit helps you to reduce late rent payments
More and more landlords and letting agents are turning to Direct Debit to take control of when they’re paid.
With Direct Debit, once you have authorisation from your tenant, you can collect rent payments whenever they’re due without your tenant needing to do anything else. This means you don’t need to worry about chasing payments or threatening eviction and tenants don’t need to worry about remembering to send you cash or a cheque or setting up a standing order.
3. Direct Debit lets you increase rent when you need to
As a landlord or letting agency,, you may occasionally need to increase the rent or charge additional fees. If you take payment by standing order, this can be difficult as you’ll need to cancel existing standing orders and ask your tenant to set up a new one.
With Direct Debit, however, your tenant won’t need to do anything: you have full control over how much you take from them and when.
4. Direct Debit reduces your admin
Taking payments by bank transfer and standing order can be a huge administrative burden. You must check your bank daily to see what has cleared and chase any non-payers.
In contrast, Direct Debit payments can be completely automated. Rental payments can be set up and then forgotten about as they’ll be taken automatically each month, and you’ll always know exactly what has and hasn’t been paid without checking your bank statement. What’s more, you’ll know when a tenant has cancelled their Direct Debit so you can contact them immediately.
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