Mayville, WI asked in Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin

Q: My landlord wants to charge me late fee plus $5 a day for everyday it's passed the 5th. Is the $5 a day legal?

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Jason Anthony Greller

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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Madison, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: A landlord can only charge a late fee if it is specifically authorized in the rental agreement. There is no statute, regulation or Wisconsin case that addresses the maximum amount that can be charged for a late fee. Some courts disfavor the use of a daily late fee and have found them to be unreasonable.

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