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LEGAL DICTIONARY

Amenity Fee

What Is an Amenity Fee?

An amenity fee is an additional charge to monthly rent to cover in-unit or common area features that add value to living in the dwelling.

Some landlords bundle the fees into one package of services, and others require fees for the use of specific services.

What Are Examples of Amenities?

Properties with modern features, including smart thermostats, remote building access, video intercoms, and state-of-the-art exercise equipment, tend to charge amenity fees. Other amenities that might be part of this fee include:

  • Grocery delivery
  • Package lockers
  • Dog wash stations
  • Dog parks
  • Valet trash service
  • Clubhouse
  • Onsite massage therapist
  • Swimming pool and spa
  • Fitness center
  • Car-sharing and bike-sharing programs
  • Gated building access and other security measures
  • Valet trash removal
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Storage unit
  • Car parking
  • Bicycle parking
  • Business center

How Much Is an Amenity Fee?

The amount of an amenity fee can vary widely depending on what services are included and the location of the dwelling.

Also, the fees may be added to a tenant’s monthly rent or come as a separate one-time charge at the signing of a yearly lease. The range for a monthly amenity fee is about $30 to $70. A one-year amenity fee might be in the $300 to $500 range.

Apartment buildings with modern amenities and do not charge amenity fees may have higher rents to cover the costs associated with the conveniences for residents.

Do You Have to Pay an Amenity Fee?

The answer depends on the apartment building, its location, and the nature of the amenity. Some landlords have a base amenity package that they require a tenant to purchase. In popular urban areas, they may not have a problem finding tenants who are willing to pay the full fees.

However, there may be some on-demand services –such as the use of a pool or gym– that are entirely optional. In other words, if you don’t want to use it, you don’t have to pay for it.

Be sure to read your lease agreement carefully to know about any amenity fees before you sign. If you want to avoid paying the amenity fees altogether, you can try to negotiate that request with the landlord before signing the lease.

Are Amenity Fees Worth It?

Amenity fees may seem relatively inexpensive after you compare the costs of outside services you might be using. When you do the math, you might discover you are saving money over a neighborhood parking garage and a gym membership.

Ultimately, your decision should come down to your budget and your lifestyle needs.

Helpful Resources:

The Washington Post - How to negotiate a lower amenity fee for your apartment

Butterfly MX - Amenity Fee: What It Is & Should You Charge One?

Apartment Advisor - Can You Negotiate a Building Amenity Fee Reduction?

Apartment List - What Is an Amenity Fee?

What Is an Amenity Fee?

An amenity fee is an additional charge to monthly rent to cover in-unit or common area features that add value to living in the dwelling.

Some landlords bundle the fees into one package of services, and others require fees for the use of specific services.

What Are Examples of Amenities?

Properties with modern features, including smart thermostats, remote building access, video intercoms, and state-of-the-art exercise equipment, tend to charge amenity fees. Other amenities that might be part of this fee include:

  • Grocery delivery
  • Package lockers
  • Dog wash stations
  • Dog parks
  • Valet trash service
  • Clubhouse
  • Onsite massage therapist
  • Swimming pool and spa
  • Fitness center
  • Car-sharing and bike-sharing programs
  • Gated building access and other security measures
  • Valet trash removal
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Storage unit
  • Car parking
  • Bicycle parking
  • Business center

How Much Is an Amenity Fee?

The amount of an amenity fee can vary widely depending on what services are included and the location of the dwelling.

Also, the fees may be added to a tenant’s monthly rent or come as a separate one-time charge at the signing of a yearly lease. The range for a monthly amenity fee is about $30 to $70. A one-year amenity fee might be in the $300 to $500 range.

Apartment buildings with modern amenities and do not charge amenity fees may have higher rents to cover the costs associated with the conveniences for residents.

Do You Have to Pay an Amenity Fee?

The answer depends on the apartment building, its location, and the nature of the amenity. Some landlords have a base amenity package that they require a tenant to purchase. In popular urban areas, they may not have a problem finding tenants who are willing to pay the full fees.

However, there may be some on-demand services –such as the use of a pool or gym– that are entirely optional. In other words, if you don’t want to use it, you don’t have to pay for it.

Be sure to read your lease agreement carefully to know about any amenity fees before you sign. If you want to avoid paying the amenity fees altogether, you can try to negotiate that request with the landlord before signing the lease.

Are Amenity Fees Worth It?

Amenity fees may seem relatively inexpensive after you compare the costs of outside services you might be using. When you do the math, you might discover you are saving money over a neighborhood parking garage and a gym membership.

Ultimately, your decision should come down to your budget and your lifestyle needs.

Helpful Resources:

The Washington Post - How to negotiate a lower amenity fee for your apartment

Butterfly MX - Amenity Fee: What It Is & Should You Charge One?

Apartment Advisor - Can You Negotiate a Building Amenity Fee Reduction?

Apartment List - What Is an Amenity Fee?