All About Pet Deposits

All About Pet Deposits

If you're planning to live in a dog-friendly apartment, you might as well prepare a pet deposit before you move out.
CityDog Magazine
A pet deposit is a one-time fee that you can pay before moving out to a new property to cover all the possible damages that Fido can do. You can definitely set it up with your landlord and include it in the pet agreement.

Is It Really Necessary?

Now, that's a good question.

If you've been living with your dog for quite some time, and she exhibits destructive tendencies, pay a pet deposit.
Whether it may be a scratched wall or a chewed furniture piece, your landlord wouldn't want to see any damages on his property. So, in case any of these scenarios happen, you've paid a pet deposit upfront to cover up all the damages. This is a good indicator that you want to take responsibility for your pet's actions.

Is It the Same as Pet Fees?

Many people use pet deposit and pet fee interchangeably. The thing is, they're not the same. Pet fees are monthly payments that you're obliged to settle.


What are the Perks of Paying Pet Deposits?

First things first, pet deposits are one-time fees. If you want to establish a good relationship with your landlord, this is one of the ways to earn his trust.
One good thing about this fee is it's negotiable. Your landlord may give you an estimate, but you can meet halfway by being prepared as you talk about this matter.
You can get a lower deposit to pay by letting your landlord know that Fido won't cause a huge mess in the property. Feel free to present training certificates or renters insurance, indicating that pet damages are included in it.
Plus, it's refundable! If your pooch ruined something in the apartment, the deposit would cover it. If not, you'll get it back like nothing happened.

Moving out to a new apartment can be dragging for some dog owners. If you share the same sentiments, we got you covered. Take time to find the right place, and once you're there with your dog—don't hesitate to talk with your landlord about pet deposits.

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