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3.9 Application Fees

Charging a rental application fee is illegal – even if the landlord plans to later return the fee, or apply it towards a security or pet damage deposit. According to the Residential Tenancy Act, landlords cannot charge a fee for:

  • accepting an application;
  • processing an application;
  • investigating an applicant’s suitability as a tenant; or
  • accepting a person as a tenant.