When you submit a rental application, thelandlord may charge you an application screening
fee. In 2011, the landlord may charge up to$42.41, and may use the fee to cover the cost
of obtaining information about you, such as checking your personal references and obtaining
a credit report on you.
Civil Code Section 1950.6. The maximum fee is adjusted each year based on changes in the Consumer Price Index since January 1, 1998. In 2012, the maximum allowable fee is $49.50.