I have a renter who I ended up sending a 5 Day Notice to in Illinois, for not paying their rent. This stated the amount of rent due, plus a $20.00 late fee.
I have been texting the renter and telling them the importance of getting a Notice, that it must be paid before it expires for the amount stated, and that at the end we must file in court etc.
In response, I got "I get my paycheck on the 13th" etc etc. and what finally went down was the renter paid a day late, but got it in literally as I was texting that I was on my way to the courthouse to file.
Well, perhaps not so surprisingly to some of you, the payment wasn't for the full amount- it was $15 short. Even though the notice said the amount, spelled it out in words, and I had also texted "Please be sure and pay the exact amount due", giving it again.
"Oh I'm sorry about that, but I'm on my way to work now" etc.
My response was, "Fine, but please be sure and get the remaining amount in ASAP, you still have an outstanding notice."
The following day, the remainder still not paid. I texted, "Please be sure and get the remainder paid before bank close today, you are potentially costing yourself court fees just for the remainder due."
No answer, and of course, no payment.
What to do when a renter pays ALMOST the full amount? You can't tell them "Five hundred schmundred, you're close enough" especially because in this case you're literally telling them to ignore a legal document you sent. Not good, imo.
I've had other landlords tell me "Oh no no no, they're not going to start doing THAT" insofar as incomplete payments. But nobody seems to offer any other advice other than "Just keep reminding them to pay the remainder".
In my opinion, "Keep reminding them", with no definite consequences, is just a daily reinforcement to the renter to ignore what the landlord says.
So, what specifically to tell them will happen, if they don't pay the remaining $15?
I can't file in court for $15, which will cost me $140- and a judge won't like that either.
I would love to know the answer to this one, can't seem to get it anywhere.