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How Much can your Landlord Legally Charge for a Pet

John Jefferson

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When it comes to pets and rental properties, things are often quite complicated. The majority of lessors have problems with allowing pets in their homes. There is nothing wrong with this and it is legal unless the pet is a service dog trained to assist a disabled person. There are landlords who charge extra for lessees with pets. They do that mainly by two ways. The first one includes increased security deposit and the other one a higher monthly rent known also as “pet rent". In most countries the laws do not limit the landlords to charge the tenants whatever they decide. Though, in some areas and in specific situations some legal clauses may restrict the lessor.

  • Security Deposit

The different countries and regions have own landlord laws, although often they have many things in common. In general landlords can not ask for more than double the amount of the monthly rent for a security deposit. So, if you have a pet with you, the deposit could be divided into a standard deposit and a “pet deposit". In some countries, if the lessor collects a specific “pet deposit", he is obliged to use it only for damages caused by the pet. So, in most such cases landlords prefer to ask just for a higher security deposit from pet owners. When it comes to the cleaning of the place, you can save time and efforts by hiring moving house cleaning in Melbourne specialists .

  • Pet Rent

Very rare the landlords will have any limits to the rent they set. If they want to add a “pet rent", this means that the total amount will be higher only for people with pets and there is nothing wrong in that. It is normal to pay a little bit more, but to bring your beloved cat or dog with you.

  • Rent Control

In certain countries the jurisdiction does not allow the landlord to demand "pet rent" in case he is already charging the legal maximum amount. If there is no a specific proviso allowing pet premiums, “pet rent" counts as part of the total rent.

  • Disabled Renters

Most jurisdiction request landlords to make reasonable accommodations for the disabled. For example, they can install special handles in the bathroom to make them feel more comfortable. Discriminating disabled persons may lead to a trial. For instance, if the lessor wants to charge more for a service dog or turn away a disabled applicant, he may find himself in trouble with the authorities.


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