You want to rent an apartment. The landlord charges you a $50 fee to have your background checked before renting this unit.
True or false: Before signing a lease, a landlord may require a reasonable amount to check your credit history.
Nothing prevents an owner from charging you a reasonable fee to do this check. However, once the lease is signed, he can only claim one month’s rent in advance
Civil code 1904. The landlord may not require that each payment exceed one month’s rent; he may only require in advance payment of the first rent term or, if that term exceeds one month, payment of more than one month’s rent.
Nor may he require any sum of money other than rent, in the form of a deposit or otherwise, or require, for payment, the delivery of a cheque or other post-dated instrument.
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