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A: If your rent was more than 4 days late, the landlord may charge a late fee assuming it is specified in your written lease agreement. $100 in my opinion is not an unreasonable late fee amount, assuming your total rent is more than $44 - i.e. someone else, such as a government program, is paying the balance due. A late fee for paying landlord-billed utilities is lawful IF there has been a first notice and warning that a second violation would cost $50 and it can go up if there are further violations. However, even if they are officially "due" with the rent, a utility payment cannot be considered late unless the bill contains a date specifying when it is due (separately from rent) and which is not less than 30 days after delivery of the bill to you. There are a variety of over legal requirements, such as including a copy of the landlord's bill or a statement telling you that you can inspect the actual bill at the landlord's office during reasonable hours. If that is not included, you likely are entitled to monetary damages.
A: I know of no legal requirements for a landlord to provide window screens, especially if on a single story. Your insurance company might want it (though how much protection from falling does a screen actually provide?) and in the interests of protecting yourself, with the new lease paperwork you may wish to include a notice (at least one or more Multifamily Northwest forms includes such notice/warning to tenants) warning tenants to keep a watch on children and anyone who might fall from the window. But keeping a pet inside while having a window open far enough for them to escape is the tenant's problem, not the landlord's. If it was important to them, they should have either rented elsewhere or, at a minimum, raised the issue with the landlord prior to signing a lease. Their failure to do their due diligence does not translate into the landlord's expense and problem.
A: There is NO where near enough information here to tell you anything. What sort of violation? How did it impact other tenants? Even if not, what actual damage did any of the tenants suffer? You likely do not have any meaningful claims but depending upon the details, it is at least theoretically possible.