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swilhovsky

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Here's my property:

$2095 rent
2100 sq. feet
4 bedroom house in residential neighborhood with parks
mostly carpet, some tile
built in 2001, in good condition
in California

What is a reasonable security deposit for a small pet? I don't plan on charging any additional rent for the pet.
OHlandlord

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That really depends on a couple factors. 
  • How much carpet is in the house and what it would cost to replace it?
  • How old the carpet is that is there now?  If it is original to the house, it is already fully depreciated and you couldn't charge tenants for it even if the pet destroyed it.
  • How much other damage the pet could do (chewed woodwork, scratched doors, etc.)?  How about outside (landscaping that could be destroyed)?
  • What type of floors are under the carpet (urine can soak down into subfloors -requiring sanding and sealing)?
  • How much deposit do you already ask (you can't exceed 2 months rent in deposit)?
  • What is the standard in your area for pet deposits?  How much do other places charge?
  • Are there any local laws on pet deposits vs. fees?
swilhovsky

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Thanks, those are all great points.

The whole house is carpet except for kitchen and bathrooms.

It is the original carpet. It seems such a shame that it's fully depreciated. We lived in that house for 8 years, never wore shoes inside, and didn't have one stain--looks brand new. C'est la vie.

Yes, a pet could damage doors, wood banisters, wood island, landscape, etc.

We ask for one month's rent as security deposit.

I guess I just don't know the average damage a pet can cause (if there is an average). If I have the tenants put down a $200 pet deposit and the pet ends up doing $500 in damage, can I take the remaining $300 from the regular security deposit?
OHlandlord

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$200 is pretty low for a whole house of carpet.  But it may also depend on the type of pet.  A huge dog obviously has the potential for more damage than a tiny one.  A neutered animal MAY do less damage than one that is not fixed.  A well trained pet would be less likely to do damage than a neglected one.  So it depends on the pet too.

An average damage?  Dogs often have accidents in front of the door, so that carpet is often ruined.  How many accidents they have would dictate how deeply the damage goes (in just the top carpet, through the padding, or into the subfloor?)  Woodwork near the door and the door itself can be scratched by dogs wanting to go out.  Cats often scratch the corners of things and beneath windows.  Unfixed cats (and some fixed ones) often spray walls to mark their territory.

Make sure you word the pet deposit so that any damages beyond that deposit are deducted from the security deposit.

MOON

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Can or should a pet security deposit be non-refundable?

OHlandlord

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ANY deposit is refundable.  A pet fee can be non-refundable, but check local laws because some places make pet fees illegal.
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Well i agree....my personal opinion to you will be that you must consult to aonther person i mean dealing such kind of things so that you can get more appropriate informations about this.....

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Ok, so I have a situation with a landlord and the non-refundable dog deposit I payed back in the beginning of the summer. I go to college in a town other than my hometown, and during the summer, I go and stay in my hometown for the summer and come back in fall to go back to college. Before I went back to my hometown for the summer, I and 2 other roommates moved into a new apartment. I have a dog, and of course paid a $200 non-refundable dog deposit. A week before heading back for the fall, my roommates call me and tell me they are moving out and that they have had it with the apartment and the landlord. Apparently, there were problems with the apartment and the landlord hadn't come by once over the summer to fix them, even though my roommates contacted him with issues constantly. So I moved out as soon as I got back, luckily I had some friends that needed another roommate and moved in with them.

My situation is that neither me or my dog has stayed in the apartment once since we have rented it. Does it sound fair that I get my dog deposit back since my roommates are the ones that broke the lease and neither me or the dog has stayed in the apartment once?
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Was your name on the lease as well?

Did your landlord know the dog was never there?
Good_Apollo

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Yes my name was on the lease and I just informed my landlord on friday that the dog was never there once. He said that after I am completely moved out, we will discuss deposits.
Trushia

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I have a query that Can a pet security deposit is refundable or not?I have heard that it is refundable.Is it true?Please let me know.


















 

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Hi Trushia. We have refundable security deposits in our leases.  It motivates the tenants with pets to clean thoroughly.  It does work, sometimes.  Sometimes not.

It should state either way in a pet agreement or in a lease.
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Thanks for your views
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Can anybody on here give me some info on my issue?
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