Haven’t collected rent from a tenant in some months; how to proceed?

I 'delegated' collection of rents to a 'trusted' friend in the last year. I know i know.. anyways, the person didn't collect rent intermittently from my tenant for almost 6 months.. So, I don't have rent money and corresponding receipts for 2016 Oct-Nov, 2017 Feb-Mar-Apr-May (6 months).

Renter is a very nice guy and is promising to catchup within reason but I am not sure if if this is something I am legally allowed to collect back-rent. or just have to pursuade the tenant to pay back the uncollected rent.

EDIT: location: dallas, tx (i think irrelevant, but bot commanded me to do it)

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