At our last apartment we were late once, and it was because each of us thought the other had already paid the rent. They gave us a notice that says "your rent is late. You owe an additional $50 in late fees. Please pay now." Here we don't even get that. OH! And when I send a check from the bank, the money is removed from the account immediately, like if it was a money order or something. The only way for me to know that they haven't received the check is for them to tell me, or for me to have a reason to go back and look at the check and see if it has been cashed yet. It's not like when you write a check and the money is still in your account until the person cashes it. This is so frustrating that we have to sit here and wait and we really can't do much of anything until tomorrow.
We have some rights but it seems like it's perfectly acceptable for a landlord to do this, too. Which is a little bit ridiculous. But, there is no legal requirement for them to simply say, "you're late, can you pay now please." Also, if they had notified us on the 6th, we could have paid it then, and only have accrued a small amount of late fees. Now, we owe nearly a week of late fees.
This will be a fun tomorrow.