I have been in the lawn maintenance business for 14 years and have recently begun having trouble getting paid from some renters. If a homeowner doesn't pay for service I can place a lien on their property, but that does not work in the case of renters. Some renters just move to the next company or even the next house when their bills get too high. I know small claims court is an option, but getting a judgement and getting paid are two different things. I have a friend who is also in this business who has begun asking that renters pay in advance for service. I'm not sure if I like this approach, but it has seemed to work for him so far. Does anyone have a better approach to this problem? Any input would be appreciated.