Hello, we are a spanish family moving to Austin with two small dogs and we have read about pet fee ( not pet deposit) What is this thank you.

Asked by Laura, Austin, TX Thu Aug 15, 2013

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Jordan Gouger, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Aug 21, 2013
Some landlords charge an additional fee per pet, per month on top of the basic rent. This is also in addition to a one-time pet deposit. The reason for this is that it is expected that pets, will be destructive. Obviously there are a lot of exceptions to this, but I have seen plenty of tenants that neglect their pets and allow their pets to cause damage to other's property. There are plenty of horror stories from landlords out there that have rented to pet owners where the pet has destroyed their property.

As with everything in real estate pet fees and deposits are negotiable. Just because a contract says that a pet deposit is non-refundable does not always mean that is the case. With some landlords, if the tenant leaves the house or apartment in better condition that then received, the landlord may return the non-refundable pet deposit back to the tenant.

If I can be of any further help, please contact me.

Jordan Gouger
Keller Williams Realty
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Steven Van O…, Agent, Austin, TX
Thu Aug 15, 2013
Pet fees are becoming more common to cover the hidden wear and tear to a rental property, whereas a pet deposit only covers the actual damage or necessary cleaning. Each landlords requirements are different, but typically the pet fee is lower than the pet deposit.
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1st Zero-Emi…, , Austin, TX
Thu Aug 15, 2013
Funny that there's no "child fee" or child deposit... yet!
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1st Zero-Emi…, , Austin, TX
Thu Aug 15, 2013
More importantly is Pet Rent! A monthly rent amount for pets.

Pet fees are non-refundable, upfront fees that go towards the additional wear and tear that pets are known for. Its not significant, but its a fact, and its usually unnoticeable to pet owners.

Pets cause a little extra wear and tear, so there's a little extra fee. The pet deposit is just in case they go loco and do some direct damage. The pet isn't going to walk out with all the appliances or anything, so the deposit is smaller too.

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Paul Puig, Agent, AUSTIN, TX
Thu Aug 15, 2013
Pet Deposits can be completely refundable or partially refundable. Any wording that includes fee
will most times be a non refundable cost. If you would like to see the form associated with pets
and leasing, let me know.

Also, there are 2 types of leases commonly used. TAR Texas Association of Realtors and TAA
Texas Apartment Association.
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Gay Puckett, Agent, Austin, TX
Thu Aug 15, 2013
landlords commonly request security de posits from tenants to secure the condition of the property. Landlords also request a pet fee or pet deposit. Be sure and ask if it is Nonrefundable or Refundable if the pet does no damage.
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Melissa Galv…, Agent, Austin, TX
Thu Aug 15, 2013
Laura,

Pet fees are common for most apartment living. Not all rental will require pet fees, however at minimum they will require the deposit for a pet. These additional non refundable pet fees can run anywhere from $150 to $300 and can sometimes include pet rent from $10-$30 a month depending on where you live. It's pretty standard. TAA lease states the if the resident has a pet, they "will be charged for de fleaing, deodorizing, and shampooing."
Wish I had better news for you!

Best wishes,
Melissa Galvan
512-773-5735
mgalvan@kw.com
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Mark Alexand…, Agent, Austin, TX
Thu Aug 15, 2013
Laura,
It is up to the individual on how to manage damage caused by pets. Some may choose a non-refundable pet deposit to allow for the cleaning of carpets. Others may choose to partially refund the deposit upon you leaving. Read your rental contract carefully, and ask questions if something is unclear. Your real estate professional should be able to explain in detail the terms of your agreement.

If you need assistance, I will answer any questions you may have.

Mark Alexander
Keller Williams Realty
512-800-4443
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