I've been living in my apartment for 13 months and the lease renewal is coming up. I have a pet, and the apartment has a pet deposit fee that is normally paid upon move in. My pet is registered on the lease, but they never collected the deposit. They are now trying to get me to pay the deposit and possibly some retro active rent based on the pet living with us. Am I legally responsible to pay this?
You'll have to look at the terms of your lease. If the lease required a pet deposit and you agreed to pay it, then you owe it. It doesn't matter than the landlord didn't collect it. When you sign a contract, you are presumed to know what it requires.
Regarding the retroactive rent...again I'd have to see the lease to give an opinion. Your might want to contact a landlord/tenant attorney in your area.
Mr. Peeples answer is correct. Remember your current lease is expiring so you are subject to new terms if you want to continue living there. Perhaps you could negotiate with them and offer to pay the pet deposit, but ask to be relieved of any retroactive rent increase. They have more control here than you do, unless you want to move or get rid of your pet. Think of your pet as another tenant in your apartment. I bet he or she is worth the extra cost, yet you may want to negotiate with the landlord and demonstrate what a great pet you have and that no damage or nuisance happened during your current lease. Investigate the occupancy rate of your apartments and see what they are offering to new tenants.
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