Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for New Jersey

Q: can landlords put interest on late charges? I got charged 40 every month even though it was on time. for that 1 time.

I got one late fee and for every month I didn't pay it they added 40. then they took money from my rent pymnt to pay late charges which made be get more late charges and unpaid rent. then tried to evict. Is that okay?

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Jubilo Lopes Afonso
Jubilo Lopes Afonso
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Do you have a lease which allows him to charge you late fees as additional rent? If you do, then it is considered rent, and every month you haven't paid it, it could be considered late. If you don't have a lease or it doesn't state that the late fees are considered rent, then he can't enforce that against you in landlord tenant court.

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