Minnesota Rental Application Form
Rental Application Fee
No Minnesota law mandates a specific amount as a limit to how much a landlord can charge for a rental application. However, a landlord cannot charge more than the third-party screening fee. Before the landlord receives the application fee, they must give the applicant the screening company’s contact information.
The purpose of this fee is to cover the cost of screening or background check. The landlord should return the balance if the applicant paid more than the actual screening fee.
There is no limit to how much a Minnesota landlord can charge as a security deposit at the start of the lease. The purpose of the security deposit is to cover the costs of damage to the apartment at the end of the tenancy or the tenant’s failure to pay rent.
They must provide the tenant with a receipt. The landlord has the right to withhold part or the entirety of the amount. The tenant also has the right to be informed of the deductions through an itemized list. When the residential lease ends, the landlord has three weeks to return the security deposit or part of it (MN Stat § 504B.178 (2021)).