Am I obligated to pay a late fee for my rent for this month if my landlord's online site was down?

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I pay my rent online through my management company's website. The rent is due no later than the 5th of each month. On Friday the third of this month, I went to pay my rent online, but the site was down. I tried repeatedly over the weekend, but to no avail. Today, I received an email saying my rent was late, and I owe a late fee. Do I have any leeway in avoiding the late fee, due to 4th and 5th falling on the weekend, as well as their site being down? I have never been late in 2 years of living at this complex.

Glenn M. Lyon, Esq. / MacGregor Lyon, LLC. Answered 7 years ago | Contributor
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