People always ask what kind of deposit does a landlord request if the tenant has a pet. There is no set amount or set rules to determine how much because every situation is different. The size of the dog, the breed of the dog all this goes into determining the amount of the deposit.
A landlord must consider his other tenants and neighbors before he decides to allow pets into his rental property. All of the following applies:
* Will the owner be responsible and clean up after his dog or cat?
* If there are fleas, will they spread to the other units?
* What about aggressive breeds of dogs?
* What kind of damage can a dog or cat inflict on the apartment?
* Will the owner be responsible about letting the dog out or cleaning the litter box?
* What about animals that have not been neutered?
* Will a dog owner only take his dog out on a lease and not allow him to run free?
All of these questions need to be answered. But even if they are all answered positively the landlord may still not allow a pet. Some landlords will just never consider allowing any pet at all because of previous bad experiences. A minority of landlords will allow a pet but generally with a pet deposit.
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