A rental application in the state of Mississippi is a document that helps solve a problem for both a landlord and a tenant. For the landlord, this document provides an easy means of collecting applicants information to fill a vacant apartment or property. The application asks personal questions that gives the landlord insight as to whether or not the applicant is financially suitable and reliable enough to rent the apartment. For the tenant, this document provides a straightforward way of applying for a particular rental. Furthermore, it allows the applicant to prove they are suitable to rent the property by providing their credentials and income information. Also noted is the fact that a rental application must adhere to federal fair housing laws that protect the lessee from discrimination. Landlords generally charge a fee for each application that is turned in, paid by the applicant. These fees vary greatly but applicants can expect to pay between $25 to $75 per application.
Although the state of Mississippi does not impose caps on security deposits, individual cities and counties may. However, the law does dictate that landlords return a tenant’s security deposit within 45 days after the tenant vacates the property (Mississippi Code Annotated § 89-8-21).