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What does a non-refundable pet deposit cover?

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Is "non-refundable pet deposit" a misnomer? Does this cover pet damages that a regular deposit doesn't?

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In some states, and I don't know if Texas is one of them, a landlord can charge a non-refundable pet fee and it means exactly that - it is non-refundable. What it covers should be spelled out in the lease. Whether the pet fee is refundable or non-refundable, it generally covers damage done specifically by a pet, such as stains, odors (for which the landlord can replace all the carpeting), window screens or doors damaged by nails, etc.

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