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Updated July 20, 2021

A New York rental application is a legal document that allows a landlord to review a potential tenant’s background information and references. After performing the verification, the landlord can determine whether the applicant would be a reliable tenant. If approved, a lease should be drafted and signed by both parties.


  • Application Fee  – The landlord cannot charge more than the cost of the background check or twenty dollars ($20) , whichever is less . Furthermore, they must provide the applicant with a receipt ( § 238-A.1(b) ).
  • Security Deposit   – The most that a landlord may demand from tenants is one (1) month’s rent ( § 7-108.1-a(a) , § 576/74(f) ).