ADMINISTRATIVE FEES - RESIDENTS
Any fee, charge or administrative charge assessed under your rental agreement or as part of the House Rules is not rent and as such is not subject to the limitations of the Ordinance, if you reside in a rent controlled unit. All fees and charges are assessed in accordance with the amount set forth in the then current fee schedule and are ADDITIONAL services not offered, agreed to or reasonably expected by the resident at the commencement of their tenancy.
We trust all residents will comply with all state, local and building imposed recycling policies. However if it is determined a resident has violated the recycling rules promulgated by the building owner, manager or a federal, state or local agency, the resident will be charged the sum of $100.00 per violation, plus the cost of any fee or violation imposed by the governmental agency. This includes any misuse of the recycling bins or any failure to properly sort materials. The fee is assessed as reimbursement towards the owner’s cost of remedying the problem. The best way to avoid the fee is to cooperate with the recycling program!
Residents should take preventative measures not to lock themselves out of their apartment. A service charge will be assessed in the event your lockout occurs after 6:00 p.m. or before 8:00 a.m., or in the event it requires an off-site staff person to travel to the building at any time. The cost of said lockout is currently is $150. If the lockout occurs on a holiday (for example, the 4th of July or Christmas) the cost is doubled.
Payments must be tendered to the on-site manager or main office. Payments must be received before the close of the business day to be considered received on that day. Rental payments may be paid only in the form of a personal or bank check. Payments must be drawn against the bank account of original tenants who are named in the rental agreement. For the safety of the staff, cash rental payments will not be accepted for any reason.
The Current Late Fee Schedule generally is based upon one of the following (depending upon your residence) - Check your lease or contact our accounting staff to determine what policy you are subject to
A late fee of $75.00 will be assessed if rent is not received by 5:00 p.m. on the third (3rd) day of each month. If said rent is not received by the tenth (10th) day, such late fee will be increased to $100.00. If rent is not received by the twentieth (20th) day, such late fee will be increased to $125.00 and if rent has not been received by the thirtieth (30th) day of the month, it will be increased to $200.00. TENANT acknowledges that the later in the month the rent is paid, the greater the damages sustained by LANDLORD. This is a single late fee which escalates, not multiple fees; OR A late fee of THREE percent ( 3%) shall be assessed; OR A late fee of $ 100.00 will be assessed.
Whatever your late charge, it does not establish a grace period, as your rent is due on the first day of the month (or the first business day if the first falls on a weekend or legal holiday).
Returned Check Fee
Tenants agree in their rental agreement or in the building Rules to pay a $85 service charge if their bank returns a rent check for any reason. The fee may be increased without advance notice to our residents. By residing in your unit, you have agreed that all of our charges areeasonable estimate sof the actual costs weincur because of a tenant’s returned payment of rent, and that it is impracticable or extremely difficult to fix the actual costs.
Multiple Returned Items
If the bank returns a Tenant’s rent check more than once, your Landlord may serve seven (7) days’ written notice that all future rent be paid by certified check or money order. Notice of a returned itemwill begiven by depositing the notice in a postage prepaid envelope in the United States mail, sent to the address at the premises and is considered received by the resident within three (3) days after it has been deposited.
Bank Error & Late Fees
If the payment has been returned due to verifiable bank error, Lightner Property Group recommends you contact your bank to arrange for their reimbursement of your administrative and/or late fees. Our experience is banks will reimburse you the costs IF the item was returned by them in error.
Frequent Returned Payments
Any payment nottendered by the due date of the month because the bank returned it, shall be considered a late payment regardless of the reason for the return. It shall be conclusively presumed that the return of a rental payment for any reason on three (3) occasions in any twelve (12) month period shall meet the definition of “frequently,” as used in the San Francisco Rent Stabilization Ordinance Section 37.9(a)(1) [hereinafter generally “Ordinance”].
Effective April 1, 2001
These policies can be changed, modified or withdrawn without advance notice to residents or prospective residents and may not be in effect at all of the properties managed by Lightner Property Group. These policies are notlegally binding on Lightner Property Group, its affiliates, clients or the property ownership andare not intended to supersede or modify any lease agreement, contract or other binding agreement. Residents or interested parties should check with the main office or the on-site manager, if the building has one, to confirm what policy is currently in place at the property in question.