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Does the lease say rent is due by a certain time of day or something like "at the close of business"?
As long as there is no specific time deadline for the due date, and long as the money is there by the due date, no late fee should be assessed. In other words, as long as you get it there before midnight on the due date, it's not late.
I would recommend that your daughter ask where the lease says rent is due by 5pm. If the landlord can't do this, no late fee should be assessed.
If the landlord still persists with demanding payment, I would recommend that you contact the local housing authority if one exists, and if not, I would recommend that you contact the consumer fraud division of your state attorney general's office about this landlord's actions.