Late Fee

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bink, Aug 28, 2000.

  1. Bink

    Bink LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Just wondering if any of you guys charge a late fee. I started charging this spring and have already collected $637.00. I can't beleive I didn't do this sooner. I bill the first of the month for the last months mowing and give them till the 15th to pay, after that the late fee kicks in.
     
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    You must have some big accounts or a lot of late payers. Tell us what your doing, because your doing something right. :) We only have one late payer, but they always pay. Sometimes they get a month or 2 ahead, so we don't worry about it.
     
  3. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    That is a lot of money.

    We spend more time assesing the fee and than deleting it from the accounting program (Cuz they seldom pay it anyway)

    I'm not in the business of accessing/collecting late fees and I won't keep customers that pay late.
     
  4. Bink

    Bink LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    After looking over the accounts it seems to be the same one's that are paying the late fee. It must not bother them to pay an extra 15 to 90 dollars every month....As long as they pay I love it.....
     
  5. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    That makes sense.

    Collecting $3 from 15 customer....
     
  6. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,253

    Soumds like i have to start chargin a late fee.
     
  7. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    this year started a using a 15 dollar late fee. It amazes me how the same people month after month are late and pay the late fee... do you think theyd learn the first time? its also funny how some of my strictly mowing customer who dont have the money for add ons dont mind paying a late fee month after month. I made quite a bit of money from late fees this year too.
     
  8. Bink

    Bink LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Evan, Your right about the same customers paying the late fee. You mentioned you charge a flat 15.00 fee, I charge 15 percent of the total bill. I started this just to incourage my customers to pay on time which most of them do, but the one's that don't seem to be willing to pay the late fee which in turn has in the long run made me more money.
     
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Please be aware that there are laws governing late fees which vary from state to state. Some states have no laws and some are heavily regulated like Maryland. If in doubt check with your local States Attorney. They would be the experts since they would be the ones coming after you. All it would take would be one complaint and you could end up oweing thousands of dollars out to your customers and paying huge fines. I've seen it happen.
     
  10. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    Richard or anyone else..

    I was thinking about a flat fee of $10. Do you know what the % is for Maryland?
     

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