South Dakota Rental Application Form
Rental Application Fee
In South Dakota, there are no statutory limits on the amount a landlord can charge for the rental application fee. This non-refundable amount will cover the costs of checking references and other expenses for a background check.
The average application fee in the United States is $30, but exact amounts vary depending on administrative costs and third-party agencies performing the checks.
The law in South Dakota stipulates that the maximum security deposit is one month’s rent. But if the landlord can prove that the tenant’s circumstances or lifestyle would be a risk to the property, they can add additional charges that both parties agree to.
The landlord can use the security deposit to pay for any damage on the property beyond the usual wear and tear. This includes unpaid rent and any other amount of money owed by the tenant to the landlord.
Tenants must check the property with the landlord to review its condition before they agree to pay the security deposit. Both parties should sign the agreement that includes the state and condition of all furnishings, fixtures, and other important areas of the property (South Dakota Codified Law § 43-32-6.1).