Can a landlord charge you an eviction fee after accepting rent payment after serving eviction papers from court?
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Most leases provide for "reasonable attorney's fees" or a set fee if legal action has to be taken to enforce the written agreement.
That probably includes any legal fees to start the process even if it doesn't go to eviction, because it is a legal fee to enforce parts of the lease which includes non payment of rent.
Check the lease. If you don't have one in writing, I still believe that you would owe the fee because in this case it seems "reasonable". Also, you normally owe for court costs as well, and it costs between $200 + and over $400 to file an eviction lawsuit. $625 seems reasonable.
For next time, if this happens again, talk to the landlord and if you come to an agreement make sure it includes any attorney's fees or other costs.
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