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Re: Late fee--not yes, maybe

Posted by gary on February 09, 2001 at 01:30:41:

In Reply to: Re: Late fee posted by maybe on February 06, 2001 at 21:07:43:

: : I pay my rent by mail. The landlord says that he didn't receive the check on the fith, so he is charging me a late fee.
: : can he do that?

: got a lease?
: it got a late fee clause in it?
: yes?

: then yes

No, it's not that simple. My understanding is that the fee must reasonably relate to some damages suffered by the landlord.
Or at least, that is what I learned when I researched the subject a couple of years ago.
It's not a strict yes or no. If it is a one-time thing, and it is not your fault, you should say so and decline to pay the late fee.

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