TOPIC: Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate?

Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 1 month 3 weeks ago #13289

Hi Darlana,

You might want to check with Texas Tenant Rights. texastenant.org/

This website is geared towards housing providers.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 1 month 5 days ago #13392

I rent with a very small dog, and I've always been happy to pay reasonable fees. A refundable additional deposit and a low monthly fee have never been an issue.

However, my recent apartment hunt has led me to notice a lot of complexes hitting pet owners with fee after fee: a partially-refundable pet deposit (up to $600!), a pet fee (another $100-200), AND pet rent (up to $70/month!). Sometimes they'll even sneak additional stipulations into the lease, e.g. tenant-paid carpet cleaning and/or flea treatment. You can sometimes expect to pay nearly $1000/year for the privilege of keeping your pet, however small and clean it may be - and that's assuming you get the deposit back.

If this trend continues, you can expect a lot more renters to move in and suddenly announce their medically-supported need for a service/emotional support animal. It's not difficult to meet the criteria for a depression- or anxiety-related diagnosis, and when the cost of renting with an animal far surpasses the cost of seeing a medical professional, that's what's going to happen.
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