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As a contractor there is no legal prohibition against back charges. They could charge you back charges in only two instances a) you contractually agreed to back charges, or b) your lateness indeed costed them $25 per inspection, in which case they could claim you breached the contract by not timely doing the inspection and they had to go into the market and pay someone else $25 to do the inspection. Whether you were late or not, I have no idea, but that would be what they could claim.
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