It's common for tenants to pay rent late from time to time. However, if not followed up properly by the property manager, it can become a frequent occurrence and in the worst-case scenario, result in the tenant's eviction. 

By running this simple checklist, you will ensure that each late rent payment is handled appropriately and, hopefully, eviction is avoided. 

(Please know that, while it won't impact this checklist, Appfolio doesn't currently integrate with Zapier.)

Enter basic details

Notifying the owner and tenant:

Notify property owner of delinquent rent

Send an email to the Property Owner notifying them of delinquent rent.  Use the following email template.

Send 5-day notices

Send the tenant a 5-day notice either through email, letter or both.

Determine next step

Proceed with eviction

Seeing as the late rent has not been paid following the tenant's receipt of the 5-day notice, proceed to eviction 


Create a formal eviction notice

it's time to create and issue an eviction notice that marks the beginning of legal proceedings. 

A great source for eviction notice templates is RocketLawyer if you haven't had to go through this gloomy process before. 

Make at least 4 copies

Print 4 copies of the eviction notice so you can:

  • 1
    Post one to the property
  • 2
    Mail one using certified mail
  • 3
    Keep one for your records
  • 4
    Have one for court proceedings (if necessary)

Schedule lockout with constable and locksmith

Begin process for a vacant property via eviction

Update tenant and property details in Appfolio

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