Can A Landlord Charge An Application Fee Separate From The Rent?

Yes. California Civil Code Section 1950.6(b) allows a landlord who conducts a background check to charge a fee to recover those costs. The maximum a landlord can charge is $37.57 and it must be for actual out of pocket costs. If you are charged an application fee you have the right to receive a receipt of the landlord’s costs.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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