This is the first time I'm late in 7 years in that apartment. I was late by one week. How can I respond to his request to pay the fee?
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Answer: Not enough facts to properly answer
Explanation: You lease will control on this issue. If your lease says that after one week of being late that he may charge you reasonable attorney fees, costs and a late fee then maybe. But more likely than not it was a form letter. Unfortunately, I cannot be more specific with my answer because I do not know if the attorney sent you any correspondence, if the attorney filed an eviction action or any facts other than what you have provided in your brief description. Again, you should read your lease to see what is permitted and what is not permitted. If you require additional information or have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact my Firm.
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Possibly. Did your landlord file to evict you for non-payment of rent? If so, then $317 may be a reasonable fee for same. If your landlord hasn't filed against you, then it's difficult to see what legal fees were incurred such that you should be paying for his attorney.
Without more information, it's difficult to say more.
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