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How Much Can Landlords Charge for Application Fees in New Jersey?

New Jersey landlords are free to charge as much as they like to process rental applications—but the fee should be "reasonable."

In New Jersey, state laws don't limit how much a landlord can charge you for an application fee. However, the “Truth in Renting” handbook published by the state's Department of Community Affairs does mention that the fees should be “reasonable.”1 Since most online screening services cost between $30-40, that's a good ballpark for a reasonable application fee.

[1] "Truth in Renting," 10th edition, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, pg. 14.

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