Pay Rent or Fees

Electronic Payments

You can use this page to submit your rental payment or fees by credit card. Please fill out all fields. Nesbitt Realty doesn't charge anything for this, but there is a fee charged by the credit card companies for this service. The actual fee will be calculated and displayed after you enter your information but before you are charged. If you do not agree with the charge, you can cancel the process before you are charged.  If you don't like the fee, but still want to pay electronically, you can set up a pre-authorized check. (See below.)  It's a little more complicated but a LOT cheaper.

Pre-authorized Check

If you schedule 6 or more checks, pre-authorized electronic checks are free. These do not use credit cards, but rather come from your checking account. Pre-authorized electronic checks must be set-up in advance and will be debited on a schedule you establish.  Call Nesbitt Realty (703)765-0300 and talk to Kim to set-up pre-authorized checks.


There is a fee for electronic payments, but you can mail rent checks or drop off rent at no charge. We accept checks at our office at 1451 Belle Haven Rd. #222, Alexandria VA 22307. The main door of the Belle Haven Professional Building is open from 7 am to 7 pm. After normal business hours, you can drop rent into our drop slot on our door on the 2nd floor.


Tenant Services

Tools, tips and services for tenants in properties managed by Nesbitt Realty.


How & where to pay rent as well as frequently asked questions about late fees and other rent questions.

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How to report maintenance issues. You may also wish to look at this information about repairs during tenancy.


Timely Rent Payments

Important Information About Late Fees & Delivery Of Rent

Delivery of Rent

It is the tenant's responsibility to deliver rent to Nesbitt Realty. It is not the landlord's responsibility to choose the method of delivery. You have to pay your rent on time without Nesbitt Realty having to remind you.

Rent is due on the first day of the month. Rent received after the first of the month is late.

After the first day of the month, your lease allows for a grace period because sometimes unexpected events can cause the best laid plans to go wrong. Understand that if you pay during the grace period, there is no fee charged, but your rent is still late.

Nearly every tenant we've ever managed has taken advantage of the grace period at some point during their tenancy, but it's important to strive to pay on or before the first. Here's why: when you take up your next residence landlord look more favorably upon tenants who pay their rent on time.

More importantly, if you one day decide to buy a home, the lender will look at when your rent check was deposited – not the date you write on the memo. Rents that are deposited in a timely manner ensure the best rates for you as a borrower because they demonstrate to the lender that your mortgage will be paid in a timely manner.

Lastly, when it comes time to renew your lease and to decide on a rent increase, most landlords look more favorably upon a tenant who has paid rent on time. The Grace Period ends at 5 pm on the day described in your lease. Any checks or payments received after 5 pm are recorded the next day and will suffer a late fee. Due to Fair Housing considerations Nesbitt Realty has zero discretion for late collecting late fees.

Certified Funds

Your lease usually requires that tenants make payments in certified funds, cash or money order. This requirement is waived for all tenants until and unless a check bounces. If you rental check bounces, in addition to paying any late fees and returned check fees, all future rents must be made with certified funds.

Late Fee Overview

Late fees occur if payment is received after 5 pm on the 5th day of the month.

It does not matter:

  • When payment was sent;
  • How many times in the past you were on-time;
  • If your bank made an error.

There are only two ways to be certain that you will NEVER be charged a late fee:

  1. Hand-deliver rent payments to 1451 Belle Haven Rd. #222 Alexandria VA 22307 on or before the 5th of the month at 5 pm.
  2. Set-up and automatic check withdrawal with Nesbitt Realty.

Due to Fair Housing considerations Nesbitt Realty has zero discretion for late collecting late fees.

All tenants are treated in the same manner.  There are no exceptions or allowances for late fees.