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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
Step 1 with a late fee is, do you have a written lease that says the landlord may charge a late fee? If the answer is no, he cannot charge a late fee, period. It doesn't matter what would be reasonable. Tex. Prop. Code, Section 92.019. Your landlord can't arbitrarily ask you to pay whatever he feels like for a late fee. You need a written lease, and the fee has to be in it, and if he wants to change the terms of your tenancy now, he has to give you at least 30 days notice. If he's charging late fees that aren't in the lease, you can sue for a penalty of $100, three times your damages, plus your attorney's fees.
As far as what's reasonable - it's basically one of two things:
$50 for the first day and $25 per day after MIGHT be considered reasonable, if it were in the lease, and if he had a mortgage on the property. But otherwise, he can't charge that.
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