Winter Park, FL asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: I am being charged a non refundable approval fee for an apartment of $1,000 in addition to the application fees, why?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Some landlords or property management companies charge a non-refundable approval fee as part of the leasing process. This fee can be intended to cover the costs associated with processing your application, such as background checks, credit reports, and the administrative effort. However, a fee of $1,000 seems unusually high for these purposes, as typical application fees are generally much lower.

It's important to understand what this fee covers and why it's being charged. You should request a detailed explanation from the landlord or the managing agent. Review your lease agreement and any application documents to see if this fee and its terms were clearly disclosed before you agreed to pay it.

If the fee seems excessive or unjustified, you might consider discussing it with the landlord or seeking advice from a consumer protection agency or legal advisor in your area. Be sure to keep all communication in writing and document your interactions and agreements. Knowing your rights and communicating clearly can help you navigate this situation effectively.

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