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PET DEPOSIT 

In most states, there is no law prohibiting a landlord from charging an extra fee as a PET DEPOSIT . This additional fee may be NON-REFUNDABLE. 

The PET DEPOSIT MAY BE:
  • non-refundable

  • in addition to your security deposit which is limited

  • unrealistic

  • permitted by state law

  • may not be charged if you have a service animal (certified for your disability). Exemptions exist.

  • any amount agreed to by you and your landlord

  • non-discriminatory

  • based on size of pet

  • based on number of pets

  • based on type of pet

  • charged to people who think their pet is the best

If you have a certified service animal that lives with you to assist you in your disability, this additional pet deposit may not be permitted by federal law.
Certain types of properties may be exempt from this ruling.

The TENANT should discuss with the landlord and either have a separate written agreement with the landlord or the terms and conditions of the pet deposit should be written in the lease. READ YOUR LEASE AGREEMENT.

In the agreement, it should be stated:
 - THE AMOUNT OF THE PET DEPOSIT
 - THE TYPE OF PET and any other identification

PET RENT

PET RENT may be charged by the landlord if you have a pet. Landlords may charge additional fees each month to tenants who have pets.

SEE OUR GUIDE ON PET RENT

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