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Old 07-01-2012, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Never mind. Just saw your question was answered in another thread.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:00 AM
 
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Be thankful he didn't land a job on Long Island. You don't know traffic till you've sat on the Long Island Expressway for two hours.

Be prepared to offer an extra month's security for the dog if a landlord seems hesitant to rent to you because of your pet.
Yes. The pet deposit is a gift to the landlord unless you write in to the contract that it is going to be returned. These kinds of "deposits" are ILLEGAL in a lot of states. Don't be afraid to ask for and write in reasonable terms .
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:15 AM
 
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Yes. The pet deposit is a gift to the landlord unless you write in to the contract that it is going to be returned. These kinds of "deposits" are ILLEGAL in a lot of states. Don't be afraid to ask for and write in reasonable terms .
Many management companies have non-refundable pet deposits. It is legal in SC. We considered renting and it would have been a 200 non-refundable pet deposit per animal, non-negotiable and in the contract. We decided to buy instead, as it would have cost us 1,000. We applied that to our down payment instead.

Non-refundable pet deposits doesn't make sense to us at all. Why would anyone be motivated to be extra careful? In the house we have tenants (we are not using a management company), we did not have a specific pet deposit but did write in our contract that they had to have a professional carpet cleaner come in and clean prior to leaving. We just re-upped that contract and the house was in great condition, even though they have a dog and a few kids.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:31 AM
 
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Interesting. I'm surprised that such a thing as a non-refundable pet deposit is legal. I'm pretty sure it's not legal in NY. What if your pet dies or runs away? That's why I suggested offering an extra security deposit (which is refundable as long as there is no damage) to sweeten the deal. The extra security would be registered in the lease agreement.
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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if you google pet deposits you find that it is very common for them to be non-refundable -- even in NY state.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Pet deposits are very common in Kentucky, and they're almost always non-refundable. We paid $150 per dog (we have two) and won't be seeing a dime of it when we leave this house. I wasn't at all surprised to see pet deposits posted on most of the house listings in the Charleston area that we've been looking at, but I was hopeful at the start of our house search that they wouldn't be in place. No such luck
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