Pet Friendly

Mon, Apr 5th, 2021 @ 12:37pm
Some of our roommates have fur, and if you’re looking for a pet-friendly apartment, there are plenty out there and you’re certain to find the one that fits your lifestyle. It’s also very important to know what is involved when you’re renting with a pet. Of utmost importance is knowing about pet deposits. What they are, what they cover and how they work.

Pet deposits are a one-time payment and are usually paid at lease signing. This is money the landlord charge to cover any damage that may be caused by your pet to include: accidents, carpet destruction, scratches or chew marks on floors, molding, window sills, broken appliances, pet odors or dreaded infestations (fleas)

Pet deposits usually range between $100 and $500 with some exceptions and adjustments. Research first so you won’t have any surprises. Some landlords may allow a second pet and you should be aware of additional deposits. It is also good to ask ahead of time about getting your deposit refunded.

If your pet causes no damage, you should receive a full refund. Should your pet cause any damage, your landlord will use the pet deposit to cover any incidents and will give you an itemized list of costs along with any explanation as to why these deductions were made. It wouldn’t hurt to have a walk-through checklist handy as well as taking photos/videos to help you should a dispute arise when you move.

Some landlords will charge a month pet fee/pet rent as well as a pet deposit. Discuss this first before signing your lease, so when you do move in with your furry best friend you will have all your ducks in row.