How much can utility company legally charge a customer for a returned check fee?

Asked on November 6, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You do not indicate your state in your question. For a more definitive answer, you should repost your question with your state, since the maximum amount chargeable varies by state.

There are two constraints on what can be charged: the first is the state's statutory maximum--the maximum that the state permits. The second is the amount listed in any service agreements, contracts, etc. with the utility company: if there is an amount listed for a returned check fee and it is less than the state maximum, they will be limited to the amount in the contract or agreement.

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