What is the difference between pet rent and pet deposit?

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What is the difference between pet rent and pet deposit?

Our land lord is saying we paid a pet rent and not a deposit. Our puppy ripped a 6in gash in the carpet. we have lived in the townhome for 5 years. The landlord will not put the $300 in pet rent towards the repair or replacement of the carpet. Can they do that?

Asked on July 31, 2010 under Real Estate Law, Colorado

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Doesn't sound legal to me.  What does your lease say?  Were you charged an additional rent monthly for the dog or a one time fee that he terms "pet rent" in addition to a security deposit? I would take the opportunity to challenge the "pet rent" fee.  But I do urge you to read your lease first and see what you agreed to.  A lease is a binding contract between parties and you have had ample time to review yours over the years.  Unless the court finds the provision against public policy or in violation of a specific law you may be out of luck. Seek consultation from an attorney in your area. Good luck.


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