It has been months since we've moved out and the landlord is stating that we will not get back a pet deposit. It has been stated that here is no damage or repairs necessary in the house at all. She wants to refer to the lease, but the lease does not state that it is not refundable. Is it refundable?
The lease states "Tenant agrees to pay $250 toward the cost of having the property treated for fleas and ticks by a professional exterminator and the carpeting professionally cleaned and neutralized for removal of pet odors at the termination of occupancy. Upon request, Tenant will furnish owner with receipts confirming that Tenant's cleaning and extermination obligations have been completed. Owners reserves the right to revoke the provision of the lease for cause. Tenant further agrees to assume all liability for pet's behavior and actions, and will to be responsible for compliance with all laws, regulations and ordinances regarding pets and for any damage caused by said pet including, but not limited to, order and property damage.
Pet Deposit: $250 has been added to the security deposit in consideration of owner allowing tenant to keep pet on the property."
Well, did you "furnish owner with receipts confirming that Tenant's cleaning and extermination obligations have been completed"? If so, the pet deposit must be returned. If not, or if the landlord contends the receipts do not support the specified cleaning and treatment requirements, then you have not satisfied your obligations to avoid paying $250 for "professionally cleaned" carpet and use of a "professional exterminator."
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