I have a tenant who is consistently late paying his rent. We’ve got a new judge in town who, inexplicably, does not hold tenants responsible for paying their court costs as the previous judge did (approximately $105 every time I have to take him to court - which is now monthly). My tenant plays the game of paying the rent right in front of the judge on/about the 20th of the month when we have him in court, and the judge says ‘case dismissed’ without making us whole for the cost of hauling him into court.
So I’m thinking of perhaps raising his rent $100/month. That way, if I am not awarded court costs and am ‘only’ awarded his rental amount (which would be $100/month higher), then I’ve in effect been reimbursed for court costs.
What I’m worried about is being charged with some sort of price discrimination. This tenant would be the only one in the park at the new, higher +$100/month price. This is Oklahoma (not California, thankfully!), so I’m not too worried. But has anyone had experience with charging tenants higher prices because of their bad credit (or for how frequently you have to haul-off their junk, or mow their lawn, or for any other reason?).
Am I wise to raise the tenant’s rent?
Thank you much!
Post Edited (07-13-09 22:30)