As of 2019, New York landlords (and any brokers acting on their behalf) can only charge application fees up to $20 per person. But keep in mind that the fee is only meant to reimburse your prospective landlord for the costs of conducting a credit and background check. If their costs were less than $20, the landlord can only charge you the amount they actually spent.
Or you can avoid an application fee altogether if you already have a recent screening report on hand. Landlords are required by law to waive the fee if you can provide them with a copy of a background check or credit check that’s been conducted in the past 30 days.
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