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Is there a limit on the amount charged for a bounced check in Georgia?

Decatur, GA |
Filed under: Real estate

My payment for rent bounced last month and the property management is attempting to charge me 5% of my rental amount. Is it legal??

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GA Code 13-6-15(b) provides: "The payee may charge the maker of the check, draft, or order a service charge not to exceed $30.00 or 5 percent of the face amount of the instrument, whichever is greater, plus the amount of any fees charged to the holder of the instrument by a bank or financial institution as a result of the instrument not being honored, when making written demand for payment."

This means that the entity that received your bounced check is allowed to charge 5% of the check amount. If they had chosen, they would also have to right to charge additional penalties.

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