Mississippi Rental Application Form
Rental Application Fee
There are no laws regarding application fees in Mississippi. This means that Mississippi landlords can collect any amount they choose. Note that some cities may have higher rental application fees, especially if the property is located in more urbanized areas.
However, landlords must charge the same amount to all applicants in order to ensure fair treatment during the application and selection process.
The right to equal opportunity is protected by the Federal Fair Housing Act. Though a landlord can screen and invite multiple applications from interested tenants, the Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from discriminating against applicants based on factors such as skin color, religious beliefs, and more.
The legislation “prohibits discrimination by direct providers of housing, such as landlords and real estate companies… whose discriminatory practices make housing unavailable for persons because of race or color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability” (Federal Fair Housing Act).
There is no statute regarding the maximum security deposit amount that Mississippi landlords can charge interested renters. Unlike the rental application fee, security deposits are refundable. However, Mississippi landlords have a maximum of 45 days to return the security deposit, minus deductions for damage to the property and unpaid rent, if applicable (MS Code § 89-8-21).