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Dear PoPville – $500 move-in fees = normal?

by Prince Of Petworth August 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm 40 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

It’s my first time applying for an apartment from a management company, and I was just informed that there would be a $500 move-in fee to clean the apartment before I can enter the property, in addition to the $45 application fee. Is this standard operating procedure? I always thought that clean up was the domain of the landlord and to be paid out of the rent/security deposits. It seems rather exorbitant to me, and makes me want to pass on this place.”

$500 sounds high to me – what do you guys think is a realistic move-in fee?


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