Question: I own a rental condo and have a tenant who two months ago was very late in payment of the rent and last month the rent check bounced due to a banking error, substantiated by a letter from his bank. My question is what can I charge back to the tenant? I know I can charge for the returned rent check; however, there are other charges and expenses incurred by me. These include the fees I had to pay to my mortgage company for sending them a bad check and overdrafts for other payments that I made expecting timely and funded rent checks from my tenant. Can't I charge those back to the tenant? Tenants' attorney Kellman replies: Your tenant, like any other, may be evicted for nonpayment of the rent. Payment with a check that is not honored by the bank is the same as nonpayment. In your ...
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