I was looking for an apartment, and you have to contact them if you are interested, which I did. Then I talked to the lady on the phone and paid a non-refundable fee. A day later she sends me the application acknowledgment about the non-refundable fee and security deposit, but by that time I changed my mind and decided not to get the apartment. Since I haven't signed the application acknowledgment and haven't signed any lease, can I get my money back?

  • What jurisdiction is this in? What country, what state if in the US or province if in Canada, and what city or county? Laws on rentals vary widely, and often local laws control. Commented May 14, 2019 at 0:51
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    Columbus, Ohio @DavidSiegel
    – user25667
    Commented May 14, 2019 at 1:00

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Non-refundable application fees are non-refundable, and they are legal in Ohio. Here is a state-by-state summary: there is no limit on how much they can charge. Here is a small article on Ohio law that says this.

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    Its funny how "non-refundable" means non-refundable
    – Dale M
    Commented May 14, 2019 at 2:56
  • This is the admin fee, not the application fee or security deposit, which the small article was talking about.
    – user25667
    Commented May 14, 2019 at 3:21
  • It doesn't matter what they call it.
    – user6726
    Commented May 14, 2019 at 14:14

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