Real Estate Law (esp. Landlord-Tenant)/renting deposit


I recently applied to a apartment complex who had me pay a $100 deposit and $40 application fee. They called me back 2 days later telling me that they would lease to me, but I had to pay them  1140.00 deposit. They said they can charge different amounts of deposits depending on credit with no explanation. Is this legal?

Hi Joel,

You would need to check your local state law. Normally, a landlord can decide on the amount of the deposit.

Thanks for your question.

David Piotrowski
Attorney at Law

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