Utah Rental Application Form
Rental Application Fee
Laws regarding rental application fees differ from state to state. In Utah, there is no maximum application fee or limit to what a landlord can charge when a tenant applies for a lease.
The landlord uses the rental application fee to perform background checks on interested and potential tenants. Even if an application is rejected, the fee is non-refundable since the money is used to process the screening and is not based on the approval of a lease application.
If your rental application looks good, and the landlord accepts your request for occupancy, you can move on to paying the security deposit. This is essentially an advanced fee borne by the tenant before moving in.
The landlord uses the security deposit to safeguard themselves in the event that the tenant cannot pay rent or has caused damage to the property that requires repair. It can also be used to clean the leased property and to pay for costs resulting from breaches in the lease agreement.
The state of Utah has no limit on how much security deposit a landlord can ask for.
Generally, however, security deposits are equal to one to two months’ worth of rent.
Unlike some states, the state government has no specific rules on how landlords must keep the security deposit (Utah Code § 57-17).