Im about to renew my lease for the second time and now my landlord is requesting a monthly pet free and insurance for the dog. When we moved here we were ask to pay a one time fee $300 for our pet and when we renewed last year they didn't request to pay the fee since it was paid the previous year but now they changed their mind and want $35 per pet and dog insurance. If I already paid a one time fee why they are asking now for more money ? it this legal?
The terms of your previous lease control. Without the specific language it is hard to tell.
If the lease states its a one time pet deposit for the term of this lease or similar language, than yes. The funds were only applied for the term of that lease (probably 1 year). Each lease may be considered a new contract and they may require a pet fee for each lease. In addition each renewed lease can be amended to add additional term such as the required pet insurance.
If it states it is a one time pet deposit for the named tenant, then an argument can be made you should not be charged an additional pet deposit.
It seems that their request is legal.
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You probably will have to pay that.
Make an appointment with an attorney to discuss.
Bring a copy of each lease with you and any other documents that you signed.
A renewal is a whole new lease, even if just extending the old terms. Landlord can insert any terms he/she wishes and you can agree or move out at the end of your current term. $35 sounds hardly worth fighting over.
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You are renewing and therefore entering into a new contract so yes the landlord can change any of the terms and conditions. But since you've paid $300.00 why not speak to the landlord, mention the $300.00 and try to negotiate a better deal. It's all about the deal to quote someone or other and the art of it. Don't be shy, go speak to them and be ready to say "well OK, then we'll move". If you've been a good tenant the landlord might wish to deal with you and avoid getting a tenant with or without a pet that is slow pay or has other problems. Good luck.
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