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Late Payment fees for commercial accounts

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mirrorlandscapes, May 23, 2007.

  1. mirrorlandscapes

    mirrorlandscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    We maintain a small commercial account that is a part of a chain (not a restaurant) and we're still waiting on payment for work done back in the beginning of last month. I was told that payment would be less than net 30 and it's already approaching 60 days. Should I or can I tack on late payment fees on my next bill? Make phone calls? Talk to the store manager? Stop services?

    Anybody got advice? I know 30 to 60 days is standard for most comms. but when I was told 3 to 4 weeks max. it gets frustrating. Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. bigbone

    bigbone LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    I would stop service until you get paid. If they told you 3 to 4 weeks then they need to follow up with that. They are making interest on your money!
  3. jbone

    jbone LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    I agree stop services, if they still refuse to pay, then contact a lawyer, they can usually take care of it quickly. We had a problem with a commercial condo complex once, they refused to pay so my boss had his lawyer put a lien on the property until they paid. They werent able to close on any of the condos they were trying to sell, so he got his money pretty quick:laugh:
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    LAte fee's YES,,, But you need to have it in writing useually on the bottom of the bill....... your money in someine's elses account gains them interest.... your money in your account gains YOU interest.... charge 3 times the interest it would be revicing in your account......
  5. mirrorlandscapes

    mirrorlandscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Thanks guys!
  6. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    I'd talk to them to see what's going on. Let them know that they have received a warning, but late fees will be tacked on if it happens again. You have a business to fun too.
  7. Midwest Lawn Services

    Midwest Lawn Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    Good advice. You should go with what your contract states, if you don't have a clause in it on late payments, it may be hard to collect it.
  8. d&rlawncare

    d&rlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    If it was an apartment complex (I know its not) they would charge you a late fee for 1 day late on your rent. If your contract allows, mine does, STOP services, invoice late fees on seperate invoice. IF the grass gets out of control why they are trying to pay you then jack the price way up to cover your costs once you continue service. I would give them a little time past the 30 days (still hit them with the late fees on) before stopping service. Maybe 2 weeks after that, at the very most. Stop service and keep charging late fees.

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