How to Pay Rent Online

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If your landlord agrees, you can pay your rent online.
If your landlord agrees, you can pay your rent online. (Image: Paying Bills image by ne_fall_photos from Fotolia.com)

When you pay rent for a house or apartment, you are paying the owner a specific amount of money that allows you to stay there. Your rent agreement is something that the owner of the house and you set up together. It includes a specific amount of money that you will pay each month, and directions for how to pay that rent. Sometimes, a renter sends rent in the form of a check, and other times, the renter delivers cash, pays in credit or pays online.

Speak to your landlord about the possibility of paying rent online. You cannot pay rent online until your landlord has agreed, because otherwise the rent will not get where it is supposed to go. Usually, you will have to set up the online payments when the lease is signed, but sometimes a landlord will let you change payment methods in the middle of the lease.

Pay your rent through online means, according to your landlord. These include using your bank account online to transfer funds to his bank account, using an automated pay by check or credit card at his personal online site or paying him with a money transfer service like Paypal.

Use an online function specifically meant for paying rent. RentPayment.com, PayLease.com, and TenantPlus.com are all rent payment sites you can sign up for. Your landlord must sign up first, so you need to speak with him before you begin. Once he creates an account, he will set up your balance and when that balance is due each month. Then, you can log onto the account using the information he gives you, and use your bank account to pay the balance due.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your bank might offer a Bill Pay service. You can use your online banking tools to specify an amount for your rent, and specify where to send the check. Then, your bank will send a check on your behalf. Check to be sure your bank uses Bill Pay, and ask them how to set it up on your account.

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