A Google Webmaster Help thread asks if he is being ripped off because his hosting company wants to charge him to help him verify his site with Google Webmaster Tools.
So you know, all it takes to verify a site with Google Webmaster Tools is to either upload a blank html file or add a meta tag to your site.
Is it criminal for a hosting or design company to charge for this?
I don't think so. It is like paying someone to install a new door lock or paint a room or add a new page to your web site. We can all try to do this ourselves but some either don't have the time or know-how to make it happen.
In this case, it seems like the host charges only a few dollars per month and this host doesn't allow any file to be uploaded. So the webmaster cannot technically upload the file. But then, I guess, you get what you pay for.
Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.