I have noticed that in the past four months in the rental market, rent has gone up about $175-$200 as more people are trying to find places to live. The competition is incredible. Plus every time you get serious about a place you want, the rental company or owner charges $35-$80 to do background checks.
I agree with the background checks, but why won't they let applicants bring a copy of the same background check they are wanting to charge for over and over again? To me that is robbery.
Also, in the long run that can really mess your credit up. You will end up spending all of your savings for background checks. In essence, you are paying to play the lottery. Not to mention that some landlords ask for a deposit first and if your report comes back with anything negative, they will keep a portion if not all of your deposit for administrative fees. What?
I'm not saying that all rental companies or landlords are scam artists. But I believe the state laws are written to protect the landlord, and tenants have to suffer the consequences.