Conversation: 7. Warning about Late Rent Payment
7. Warning about Late Rent Payment

1. Repeat


A: Hello, Nicole here.

B: Nicole, this is Richard. I think you know why I'm calling.

A: Oh, it's about the rent.

B: Yes, this is the second month in a row.

A: I thought there was a grace period.

B: There is no grace period in the rental agreement.

A: Oh, I guess I forgot.

B: Well, when can I expect the rent?

A: You'll get it by Monday.

B: Don't forget the $50 late fee.

A: Is that in the rental agreement?

B: The late fee is circled in red ink!

A: Oh, Well, I can't find my copy of the agreement.

B: If you're late next month, I might give you an eviction notice.

2. Repeat


A: Hi, this is Nicole.

B: Hi, Nicole. Richard here. I think you've got a good idea why I'm calling.

A: Yes. It's about the rent, isn't it?

B: Yes, your rent is late. This is the second month in a row.

A: But I thought that I had a grace period.

B: I told you last month that the rental agreement contains no grace period.

A: Oh, I guess I was thinking about the last place that I lived.

B: Well, tell me when I'm going to get your rent.

A: I get paid tomorrow, so you'll get the check by Monday.

B: Don't forget to include the $50 late fee.

A: Are you sure a late fee is in the rental agreement?

B: How could you miss the late fee? It's circled in red ink!

A: I can't find my copy of the rental agreement. I know it's somewhere in my apartment.

B: If you're late one more time, I'm probably going to evict you.

3. Repeat


A: Hello, Nicole here. Who's calling, please?

B: Hey, Nicole. It's Richard. I'm pretty sure you know why I'm calling.

A: Yes, a dollar gets a dime that you're calling about the rent.

B: Nicole, for the second month in a row, your rent is late.

A: I thought you said there is a grace period.

B: No, I didn't. There was no grace period last month, this month, or any month.

A: Maybe I'm confusing this place with my last place.

B: Well, I'm waiting to receive your rent check.

A: I get my money tomorrow, so I can pay you by Monday.

B: Remember, just like last month, you have to pay the $50 late fee.

A: I don't remember seeing a late fee in the rental agreement.

B: If you look at your agreement, you'll see the late fee circled in red ink!

A: I forget where I put my rental agreement.

B: One more late check, and you're looking at eviction.

4. Repeat


A: Hello. This is Nicole.

B: This is Richard. Let's not play games. You know why I'm calling.

A: Oh, not again! You're calling about the rent.

B: Yes, your rent check is late, just like last month.

A: What happened to my grace period?

B: Why would there be a grace period this month? There wasn't one last month.

A: I guess I might be a little confused.

B: What day in the near future can I expect your check?

A: My boss told me he will pay me tomorrow. You'll get my check by Monday.

B: Remember to include the $50 late fee.

A: Are you sure the rental agreement included a late fee?

B: The red ink around the late fee in your agreement should tell you something.

A: I seem to have lost my rental agreement.

B: Don't be late again, or you'll be evicted.

5. Repeat


A: Hi, this is Nicole.

B: Nicole, it's Richard. You know why I'm calling.

A: Yes, I know. It's the rent, isn't it?

B: Yes, just like last month, your rent is overdue.

A: What about my grace period?

B: Are you getting Alzheimer's? There is no grace period in the rental agreement.

A: Sometimes my memory isn't so good. Maybe I do have Alzheimer's.

B: I'm looking forward to receiving your check in the very near future.

A: Is Monday okay? I get paid tomorrow.

B: Remember that the check amount must include the $50 late fee.

A: Okay, if the rental agreement actually has a late fee, I'll pay the fifty dollars.

B: Look at your agreement. There's a big red circle around the late fee.

A: As soon as I find my rental agreement, I'll read it again.

B: I'm not giving you any more chances. Be late again, and you'll be evicted.


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