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they do pay a big, non-refundable deposit.

MEK - how does that work in your state? They have no restrictions of any kind on pet deposits, and/or security deposits?

Problem for us is our state restricts the landlord's ability to charge separate pet deposits. And definitely not non-refundable. The maximum security deposit is 2x rent (1x rent if 62 or older). Calling it "pet deposit" doesn't allow us to bypass that. The state says the total of all held, non-rent funds, refundable or otherwise, can't be more than 2x rent.

That standard deposit covers risks of potential "normal" damages with non-pet tenants. If I had to fully replace carpeting/flooring from a pet's urine damage, that replacement would not be covered in full by the 2x rent deposit, never mind any other unit damages that may have occurred. It's one of the reasons we finally opted out of pets after our last, big, hit. Didn't help that she skipped town too.

We do have a monthly pet rent fee as an option, but that provides just a thin cushion vs potential for damage.


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