Question: Why Do I Have To Pay Pet Rent?

On the surface, pet rent may seem like just another way for a landlord to make money off a tenant, but some landlords argue that pets cause extra wear and tear on the apartment building and require additional maintenance.

For example, pet rent covers damage to landscaping or wear and tear on carpets in the lobby.

Is pet rent illegal?

It’s typical for pet rent to range anywhere from $10-$60 per month. Pet security deposits are usually between $100 and $600. For tenants that have service animals because of a disability, they have rights under the Fair Housing Law that prohibit landlords from charging a pet security deposit or rent.

How much should a landlord charge for pets?

Your state’s laws might also dictate how much you charge; however, charging somewhere between $200 and $500 for a one-time pet fee is pretty typical. A “pet fee” is simply the one-time admission price to have a pet in the rental. It doesn’t typically cover any damages the pet might cause.

Can you negotiate pet rent?

While you could simply walk away from any rental with pet rent, you might have luck negotiating with the landlord. You could also offer to pay a higher upfront pet deposit to cover any wear or tear your pet causes to the building. It may not work, but many landlords are willing to negotiate with tenants.

What is the purpose of a pet deposit?

All states allow landlords to collect a security deposit when tenants move in, and hold it until the tenants leave. The general purpose of the deposit is to ensure that a landlord has money for repairing damage caused by tenants and covering unpaid rent.