In Chicago some of us are charging a move-in fee rather than charge a security deposit. A year ago, three people leased a three bedroom apartment, and a $350 fee was charged. Now that it is time for a renewal, one or two of the group may be replaced with new members, provided they qualify. Should the new tenants be charged a move-in fee?
I don't know Chicago all that well but I definitely would try and get another move in fee from new tenants. I think its reasonable that anybody looking to rent is going to expect to pay a deposit or move in fee so collect the extra money.
It's a Fee right.. not a deposit... so it should be charged to anyone that move's in either per person or per apartment.. I guess that's what needs to be decided...if it's a fee it's not refundable
So what's the point of the move in fee, the tenant then trashes the place doesn't care how it's left.. he only gets charged 350.00 and can leave a mess.... sounds like a mess..
I know in Chicago lot of landlords don't accept security deposits anymore. Only non-refundable move in fee. Less hassle when it comes to returning money. Tenants know move in fee is not refundable. But yeah its less than security deposit but safer. I would say ask for move in fee from new tenants.