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Most states have laws about when a late fee can be charged. For instance, in Massachusetts, a late fee can't be charged until the rent is 30 days late, and only if the lease provides for the fee. But, if they have that in the lease, then yes, they could go back and charge retroactively.

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You can get out of a lease but there is always a penalty. Usually you have to pay aat least a months rent plus an additional charge. Some properties can charge you for the rest of the lease. That means if you have six months left on your lease then you owe six months rent!

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Can a landlord charge back fees like HOA or pest remediation for the prior 14 months once a lease is terminated?

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We sign lease contracts while renting and in it if it states that the rent is $475/month with amenities (meaning cable TV, electricity and heat) for a 6 months or one year or even more the Landlord has broken the Landlord/Tenants Act. In other words they have to stick to the contract. If you didn't sign a contract then sorry, you'll have to pay the electrical bill.

Can your landlord raise your rent for two months 300.00 for a guest charge?

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The maximum rent in advance that a landlord can charge depends on the jurisdiction, as different laws apply in different countries or regions. Similarly, the maximum bond (security deposit) that a landlord can charge varies based on local laws and regulations. It is advisable to consult the specific regulations of your jurisdiction or seek legal advice to determine the exact limits.

How long before you get your security deposit?

The security deposit is returned: after the lease ends; the tenant moves out; and the landlord inspects the apartment. The landlord has the right to deduct any necessary cleaning and/or repairs to the apartment in order to ready it for a new tenant, but nothing to improve the apartment (for example, adding an air conditioner or dishwasher where none existed; replacing carpeting with hardwood flooring) beyond the condition in which it was leased. Depending on the condition of he apartment, the landlord may not refund any of the security deposit. Your best bet is to thoroughly clean the apartment and patch any holes/damage created during the lease. Optimally, you would have taken photos the day you moved in to prove the condition of the apartment as received.

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