money  pets


Question by  Jojoblue (468)

Do most apartments charge a non refundable pet deposit?

I feel I should get the deposit back if my pet does not do any damage.


Answer by  Marsha (2337)

Yes. most apartments do charge a non refundable pet deposit. It shoudl probably be called "fee due for having a pet" rather than a deposit since the word deposit implies that you will get it back. Even though your pet may not do any damage it is still an apartment where a pet has lived and needs ot be cleaned.


Answer by  Dana46 (2345)

Most apartments do charge a non refundable pet deposit, because having the pet there will almost always do some more wear and tear on the apartment then not having a pet. The carpet needs to be shampooed to remove any allergens or smells for the next tenant, claw marks on hardwood or carpet, etc.


Answer by  maber (1427)

This is normal and common. They use the money to clean the apartment of hair and other dander that my cause allergies for the next person.


Answer by  Gunrunner (561)

Most, but not all apartments do this. They make it non-refundable because many times pet damage is not found until later. I agree with your no damage equals a refund, however, if the clause was in the contract you signed, you have little legal chance of getting a refund.


Answer by  John (9008)

It varies, but such deposits are quite common. Even if a pet does not do any damage, they almost always result in the apartment doing extra cleaning (especially of carpeted areas). Many apartments do not allow pets at all for this reason.

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