Question: Our rental agreement provides that rent is due on the first of the month, and late on the fifth. Rent may either be mailed to, or dropped off at, the manager’s office. Occasionally, we have residents mailing their rent checks on or before the fourth (based upon the postmark), but they are not received until the fifth or later. In those where we receive the rent check on the fifth or thereafter, can we assess a late charge?
Related to this, after we issue a 72-hour notice, we have a separate (unrelated) company that takes over, preparing, filing, and serving the eviction complaint. Frequently, before the first appearance, the resident agrees to pay the rent. When that happens, what court costs and fees are we entitled to recover?