Because animals ruin things... chew on blinds, pee on carpets, scratch hardwood floors with their claws... not to mention leave behind a lot of hair and possibly smell.
I have a little dog, too, who never chews or has accidents in the house, but landlords can't know that. They need insurance, just in case. Hence the pet deposit.
Because a) so many people have abused the privilege of having animals in a rental, and b) landlords have discovered that responsible pet owners who love their pets are willing to pay just about anything to keep them. It's completely insane...so far the cheapest we've been able to find in my area for a 15lb. dog is $600 a year on top of the regular rent, plus an additional $200 deposit on top of the usual security deposit. Considering that we're looking for a long-term rental, by time all is said and done our dog would pay for a complete interior and landscaping makeover on the place.
Hey Maddie, I would like to take the opportunity to point that it is in reference to the "expensive" nature of the deposit.
Many landlords pay for insurance, sure to insure the entire property, not a single unit itself.
That fee they pay on the insurance is small compared to charging an individual a fee.
If a landlord has insurance on the property and the pet fee is $30-50, but the insurance premium is only $100 for a year, and the landlord has multiple(6) units....why isn't the fee cheaper?
Just a thought.
Alot of the time it's not the pet it's the pet owners that allow the dog to ruin things. Their are ways to curve destructive behavior. I review Dog Toys and their are alot that keep their attention for a while.
“Why is the pet fee at apartments so expensive?”
Carpets are expensive…
And do you mean “fee” or “deposit” (no pun intended )?
edit: I would not rent at any apartment that charges a fee.
it might as well be a fee because the deposit are always non refundable
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