Can a landlord charge a late fee on a late fee?

My rent was due on the first; after the fourth a $50 late fee is imposed and $10 each day after. My late fees totaled $66. I paid $59 with a balance of $7 and the late fee again was imposed of $10

Asked on June 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Ohio


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Your landlord can charge a late fee for a late fee with respect to rent. However, such a charge under the laws of all states in this country is an illegal penalty in violation of public policy with respect to the second late fee charge and is unenforceable.

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