How much are application fee’s?

Modified on Mon, 31 Jul 2023 at 05:42 PM

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Application criteria
Landlords are now required to provide applicants with written notice of their eligibility criteria so applicants don’t pay money to be automatically denied. Remember, application fees are usually not returned even if the landlord rejects the applicant. There is one fairly recent exception — if the landlord does not provide or post the eligibility criteria (e.g., income, criminal history), and the landlord rejects the applicant, the landlord must return everything the applicant gave them including the application fee and deposit. Section 92.3515, Property Code.

Application deposits
Landlords often refuse to hold a property without receiving a deposit. These are generally called application deposits or “hold deposits.” When you give a landlord an application deposit, you are giving the landlord some assurance that you intend to sign the lease if the landlord finds you acceptable. If the landlord approves your application and you change your mind, most landlords will keep your application deposit. If a landlord rejects your application, then the landlord should return your application deposit.

Different from security deposits and application fees
Application deposits are not considered security deposits because there is no lease agreement between the parties at this point. The applicant is not a tenant so the security deposit rules do not apply. Application deposits are regulated to some extent in Subchapter I, Chapter 92 of the Texas Property Code. An application deposit is in addition to the application fee landlords will charge you. Application fees supposedly pay for a landlord’s time and trouble as well as the cost of doing a background check. Application fees are typically non-refundable (with the exception noted above).

Conversion to security deposits
Typically, if a lease is signed between the parties, then the application deposit is converted into all or part of the security deposit. Then the security deposit rules apply.

Deadline to reject and tenant and return the deposit
How long does a landlord have to either accept or reject an applicant? The law deems an applicant has been rejected after seven days from the date the person submits a complete rental application. If the landlord does not furnish the applicant with a rental application, then the applicant is deemed rejected seven days after the landlord accepts the application deposit. See Tex. Prop. Code 92.352.
The law does not put a specific deadline for the return of the deposit after an applicant has been rejected. However, many form agreements specify that a landlord has 30 days to return an application deposit after rejection.

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