Late Rent Fees and Other State Rules on Paying Rent

Learn your state rent rules, including limits on late fees.

Most states have specific laws covering various aspects of rent. These rules (typically set out in the lease or rental agreement) may cover when rent is due (including what happens if the rent due date falls on a weekend date or holiday); where rent is due (such as to the landlord's business address); whether or not tenants have a grace period (for late rent before a landlord charges a late fee); and late fees (if any). Here are citations for statutes that set out rent rules in each state; note that the footnotes include details on state rules on late fees. When a state has no statute on a particular legal issue, the space is left blank. Other state laws cover the amount of notice landlords must provide to increase rent; rules and procedures for terminating a tenant for nonpayment of rent; extra fees a landlord may charge if a tenant's rent check bounces, or (in a handful of states) some form of rent control.

To read your state laws, see the website maintained by the Cornell Legal Information Institute.

State Rent Rule

State

When Rent Is Due

Grace Period

Where Rent Is Due

Late Fees

Alabama

Ala. Code § 35-9A-161(c) Ala. Code § 35-9A-161(c)

Alaska

Alaska Stat. § 34.03.020(c) Alaska Stat. § 34.03.020(c)

Arizona1

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 33-1314(C), 33-1368(B)

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 33-1314(C)

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 33-1368(B)

Arkansas

Ark. Code Ann. § 18-17-401 Ark. Code Ann. §§ 18-17-701,18-17-901 Ark. Code Ann. § 18-17-401

California2

Cal. Civ. Code § 1947 Cal. Civ. Code § 1962 Orozco v. Casimiro, 121 Cal. App.4th Supp. 7 (2004)

Colorado

Connecticut3

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 47a-3a

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 47a-15a

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 47a-3a

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. §§ 47a-4(a)(8), 47a-15a

Delaware4

Del. Code Ann. tit. 25, § 5501(b)

Del. Code Ann. title 25, § 5501(b)

Del. Code Ann. tit. 25, § 5501(d)

D.C.5

D.C. Code Ann. § 42-3505.31 D.C. Code Ann. § 42-3505.31

Florida

Fla. Stat. Ann. § 83.46(1)

Georgia6

Ga. Code Ann. § 44-7-16

Hawaii

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 521-21(b) Haw. Rev. Stat. § 521-21(b)

Late charge cannot exceed 8% of the amount of rent due.

Idaho

Illinois

735 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. § 5/9-218

735 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. § 5/9-218

Indiana

Watson v. Penn, 108 Ind. 21 (1886), 8 N.E. 636 (1886)

Iowa7

Iowa Code Ann. § 562A.9(3) Iowa Code Ann. § 562A.9(3) Iowa Code Ann. § 562A.9(4)

Kansas

Kan. Stat. Ann. § 58-2545(c) Kan. Stat. Ann. § 58-2545(c)

Kentucky

Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 383.565(2) Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 383.565(2)

Louisiana

La. Civ. Code Ann. art. 2703 La. Civ. Code Ann. art. 2703

Maine8

Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, § 6028

Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, § 6028

Maryland9

Md. Code Ann. [Real Prop.] § 8-208(d)(3)

Massachusetts10

Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch.186, § 15B(1)(c); ch. 239, § 8A

Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 186, § 15B(1)(c)

Michigan

Hilsendegen v. Scheich, 21 N.W.2d 894 (1885)

Minnesota11

Minn. Stat. Ann. § 504B.177

Mississippi

Missouri

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 535.060

Montana

Mont. Code Ann. § 70-24-201(2)(c) Mont. Code Ann. § 70-24-201(2)(b)

Nebraska

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-1414(3) Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-1414(3)

Nevada12

Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 118A.210

Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 118A.200

Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 118A.200, 118.210(4)

New Hampshire13

N.H. Rev. Stat. § 540:8

New Jersey14

N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2A:42-6.1 N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2A:42-6.1 N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2A:42-6.1

New Mexico15

N.M. Stat. Ann. § 47-8-15(B) N.M. Stat. Ann. § 47-8-15(B) N.M. Stat. Ann. § 47-8-15(D)

New York16

N.Y. Real Prop. Law 238-a N.Y. Real Prop. Law 238-a

North Carolina17

N.C. Gen Stat. § 42-46 N.C. Gen. Stat. § 42-46

North Dakota

N.D. Cent. Code § 47-16-20

Ohio

Oklahoma18

Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 41, § 109

Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 41, § 132(B)

Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 41, § 109

Sun Ridge Investors, Ltd. v. Parker, 956 P.2d 876 (1998)

Oregon19

Or. Rev. Stat. § 90.220 Or. Rev. Stat. § 90.260 Or. Rev. Stat. § 90.220 Or. Rev. Stat. § 90.260

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-18-15(c) R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-18-35 R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-18-15(c)

South Carolina

S.C. Code Ann. § 27-40-310(c) S.C. Code Ann. § 27-40-310(c)

South Dakota

S.D. Codified Laws Ann. § 43-32-12

Tennessee20

Tenn. Code Ann. § 66-28-201(c) Tenn. Code Ann. § 66-28-201(d) Tenn. Code Ann. § 66-28-201(c) Tenn. Code Ann. § 66-28-201(d)

Texas21

Tex. Prop. Code Ann. § 92.019

Tex. Prop Code Ann. §§ 92.019, 92.0191

Utah

Vermont

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 9, § 4455

Virginia22

Va. Code Ann. § 55.1-1204 Va. Code Ann. § 55.1-1204 Va. Code Ann. § 55.1-1204 Va. Code Ann. § 55.1-1204

Washington23

West Virginia

Wisconsin24

Wis. Adm. Code § ATCP 134.09(8)

Wyoming

Updated: December 2020

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