Palm Desert, CA asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Business Law for California

Q: Is it legal for me to ask my clients for a deposit (50% of the inspection fee) ?

Or they can pay the total cost of the inspection fee no later than on the day of the inspection. Otherwise no report will be delivered to the client. To many times, clients don’t want to pay or want to cancel the inspection without giving ANY Notice, so if they pay a deposit they are less likely to cancel.,:

1 Lawyer Answer
Ernest Charles Payne Jr
Ernest Charles Payne Jr
  • San Clemente, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes. That is legal, and completely reasonable. Just make sure you are completely transparent with your clients about your policy before you take their deposit to hold their inspection appointment, and under what conditions that deposit will or won’t be refunded. Good luck.

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