I have a tenant (my only one) who pays $1300 per month. She got laid off at the end of March as a result of covid and asked for a break on the rent. I said I could knock it back to $800 and we would see how things went. She asked for another $100 off and I, reluctantly, agreed. Same thing in May - $600 off. She now has asked to continue since she is still not back to work. The thing is, I know that she is making almost exactly as much as before, based on the $600/week money. She was taking home about $1000 every two weeks before plus some money as a Door Dash driver. Additionally, she gets unemployment, the $1200 one time payment plus the $500 child one time payment. I also know that she has various credit card debt and suspect she is taking advantage of me a bit in order to pay down these bills. I said I wanted to raise the rent by $200 a month until it was back to $1300. This would result in an overall savings of $1800 for her. FWIW, there are no tax or other breaks that I’m aware of for lost rent money.
I think that I’ve been more than fair but I have a biased opinion. What do you think?
P.S. - She has not once been on time with the rent. All kinds of excuses. It always gets paid eventually but two weeks late is an average. I’ve waived late fees so that she doesn’t get so far behind that she decides to stop paying altogether and I have to go through the eviction process. Which, due to covid, would be on hold anyway even if I wanted to.