Also, if this landlord is not working with a Realtor, if they do not own several rental units, or if they did not advertise in the newspaper, fair housing may not apply at all Ask an attorney or the housing agency about this information.
If they are just a nervous accidental landlord, then they should not rent if they are that uncertain. But maybe there is a way you can pay extra each month or pay more on rent, if you really want it.
Did the landlord tell you why he is asking for so much? Is he asking that amount from everyone, or just you?
Check with a local agent or attorney to see what the landlord/tenant laws are in your state........in NJ, for example, a landlord is limited to collecting 1.5 months as security...nothing more.....and no pre-paid rent, either (other than the first month in advance).
Find out what is allowed where you are.