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Application Fees for Virginia Residential Leases

In order to rent an apartment or other dwelling unit, landlords may require prospective tenants to complete an application form and pay an application fee. This fee is used by the landlord to review the applicant’s rental and credit history, employment record, current income, and conduct a background check. The landlord may require the following from applicants:

A social security number issued by the U.S. Social Security Administration or an individual taxpayer identification number issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

A photocopy of each applicant’s driver’s license or other similar photo identification as part of the application process.

Before submitting a rental application, applicants should be sure they want the dwelling because some, or all, of the application fee, may be nonrefundable. Once the fee is paid, get a receipt, and a copy of the rental application.

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