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Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 115489
Experience:  Licensed attorney practicing landlord-tenant, land use and other real estate law and litigation.
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I would like to know whether a management company employed

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I would like to know whether a management company employed by a Condominium Association can charge a flat rate percentage for credit card payments (3%) or charge $ 35.00 for any payments not accompanied by a coupon?
JA: What state is this in? And when did the issue begin?
Customer: I forgot, I am in Pennsylvania
JA: Has any paperwork been filed?
Customer: Just a letter sent to the unit owners
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Only that there is nothing that I can find in the bylaws or declaration that authorizes these fees.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 6 months ago.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
They can charge a surcharge to credit card payments, but not debit cards. They can charge generally up to 4%. So, yes, they can charge the fees for using credit card, especially since they have to pay a fee for processing. As far as not sending payment with coupon, they can charge a service fee for processing without the coupon, that is up to the board to impose fees unless strictly prohibited in the bylaws.
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