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Re: Late payment of rent

Posted by consigliere on November 22, 2001 at 09:10:11:

In Reply to: Late payment posted by Christopher on November 20, 2001 at 23:58:17:

Did you get receipts for the October and November rent? If you pay by check, you have to request a receipt, which you can do by writing RECEIPT REQUESTED on the front and back of the check. In the future, make a copy of both sides of your rent check before giving it to the landlord.

Were you billed a late fee for October? Check your lease to see if there's a provision about late fees. If there is none, you don't owe late fees. Even if there is a late fees provision, the late fees have to be reasonable -- usually less than 5% of the unpaid amount.

Did you receive a three-day demand for rent? If so, write to the landlord, by certified mail, return receipt requested, and enclose a copy of your rent receipts and point out that your checks haven't been cashed.

: I was late with my october payment. I paid it on Nov 7th and the office manager for landlord acknowledge receiving my payemnt but also wanted my Nov rent which I paid the following week. I am now current and intend to stay that way but they have not cashed the checks and today, the 20th, I recieved a non-payment request. I left her a message but I cna't figure out what they are doing. What can I do to protect myself?
: This is a rent stabilized aprtment that I have lived in since Oct 1992

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