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Should I pay a late fee

Your landlord can only charge a late fee if your written rental agreement allows for it. Read your rental agreement to see if late fees are allowed.

Late fees that are 5% or less of your monthly rent are considered reasonable. If the landlord requests a late fee that you feel is too high, ask for a lower fee. If a late fee is 10% or more, contact your local Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) for assistance.

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