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Does your lease state you have to pay online, or was that just from the management?
Are you under a fixed term written lease?
Do they offer other ways to pay than online?
Fixed term written lease means for a year, or 6 months....just not month to month..
If you are under a lease for a set term, like a year, then unless that lease states that you have to pay that fee to make a payment, then they can't impose it on you. A fixed term lease can't be changed until it expires. If you are month to month, they could change the terms (like adding the fee) with a 30 day written notice.
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...
Correct, the lease controls the relationship between you and the landlord. So if they have now tried to impose that charge on you without proper notice, or if you are under a fixed term lease, then that is not allowed and you don't have to pay it.
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