Can my landlord charge me a pet deposit when there are other tenants in the house that are not paying one?

UPDATED: Jul 3, 2012

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Can my landlord charge me a pet deposit when there are other tenants in the house that are not paying one?

I rent a room in a house for 2 years. There are 3 other tenants we all supposedly pay $450 month when I moved in I was told to pay $50 a month extra for a pet but the other tenants who also have pets are not paying that. Also, we recently got Wi-Fi which I was told all tenants would pay a little extra for, yet again I’m the only one paying extra. All other utillities are all covered in our rent payment. Can my landlord charge different rents for different tenants even though we share all the same things?

Asked on July 3, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

As long as the landlord is not discriminating against you on a protected grounds--the main one of which is race--then yes: a landlord is not required to charge all tenants the same amounts for the same amenities or  features; the landlord could charge you more than he/she charges other tenants.

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