Can I deduct from security deposit for violating the pet policy part of my rental agreement?

Asked by Natasha Lett, Wed Aug 7, 2013

I do allow up to 2 pets however only approved pets with a separate written pet addendum. My tenant is moving out in 3 weeks and the pet was discovered by my realtor while showing the rental to potential renters. Realtor stated that rental has a strong pet odor. I have in the rental agreement that tenant has to pay a fee for each day they violate the pet policy.
The potential renter was turned away from the property partially due to the pet odor. Besides charging tenant for any damages caused by the pet, can I charge tenant for the simple fact of violating the lease?

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Greg Myers, Agent, Gaitherburg, MD
Wed Aug 7, 2013
Yes if the violation of the pet policy was written or contained in the lease.

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