Owner Must Follow State Law's Restriction on Late Fees

Facts: A Section 8 resident’s rent was $50 per month. The lease provided that a $25 late charge would be assessed each month that he didn’t pay his rent in full by the fifth of the month. The resident’s account became delinquent in July 2012 after he failed to pay in full a $95.50 charge for repair and maintenance services. As a result, his rent payment was late in July, August, and September 2012, and he was assessed three late charges totaling $75. On Sept. 26, 2012, the owner filed an eviction action for nonpayment of rent.

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