Saint Petersburg, FL asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: can i be charged rent late fees for 2 months ago without notice from landlord who accepted 2 months' of payments after

paid rent late in january. not given notice of late fee. paid next 2 months no problems and moved out at end of march and during this whole time was never sent notice of late fees. when moving out, now landlord is requesting $657 in lates (60% of the rental cost). is this legal?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The written lease you signed will tell you all about late fees. Just because you received no notice of any late fees does not mean you were not late paying the rent; right?

On the other hand, unless your rent was somewhere in the neighborhood of $3,000 per month, the $657 being charged does sound a bit greedy. But probably not illegal.

Jennifer Hanson Copus
Jennifer Hanson Copus
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Whether this is permissible is governed by the terms and conditions of your lease agreement. You will need to review the section regarding late fees to determine whether the landlord is required to give you notice of this charge in advance of assessing it to you.

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