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When you move into a house or apartment with a pet there is a good chance that you will need to pay a pet deposit. What this is an amount of money that you will get back at the end, provided the house is clean and there is no evidence that there has been a pet in the house, such as Issues with mold or any carpet damage. The pet deposit is usually separate from the damage deposit or bond, but works in the same way. The money acts as insurance for your landlord in case there are major cleaning costs involved.

The pet deposit is normally used for major cleaning costs, such as steam cleaning the carpets, professionally cleaning the rugs, etc. Your landlord may require someone come through the house and clean it to get rid of the pet smell. Scrapes on the hardwood floor, scruffs on the furniture, holes in the wall - all of these things are covered under your pet deposit.

In a perfect world your pet would not make a single dent in the house and in some instances this is the case, especially if you have a small dog or a cat. However, in other instances the evidence that a rowdy dog has lived there is clear in the smell among other things. A pet deposit is used for cleaning costs in the event of the latter.

Getting Your Pet Deposit Back

All renters will want the pet deposit back at the end of the lease agreement. One way to ensure you get it back is to take the necessary measures to clean the place to perfection. Hire a steam cleaner and steam clean the carpet yourself. Keep the receipt so your landlord knows this is done. You can save a fortune by doing it yourself and should be able to get the pet deposit back as well. Any little holes, scruff marks and scrapes your pet has made should be repaired by you instead of having your landlord hire someone to do it.

It will be much cheaper in the long run to spend a day or two after you have moved out cleaning and repairing any evidence that there was a pet there rather than letting your landlord arrange it. Just make sure that you put your pet in a kennel for the time being. That way you can get the house cleaned without worrying about him coming through after you have just mopped the floors and scrubbed the walls.

The best time to ask your landlord for a pet deposit back is when you are returning the key. Go through the house with your landlord and see if he has any complaints. Explain what you have done to clean the house in every room (scrubbed the walls, repaired the drywall, fixed the hardwood floor, steam cleaned the carpets). Your landlord will appreciate the effort and will much more willing to return the pet deposit fully to you.

Of course, if there is any noticeable damage your landlord can point it out to you. You might be able to arrange to fix it yourself before you go in order to get the full deposit back. Or this might have to be taken out of the pet deposit.

In a perfect world asking your landlord for your pet deposit back will go down smoothly. And in some cases it will. However, you might need to show that you have put in a lot of effort to make the house as clean and pet-free as possible before your landlord will be willing to hand over the deposit.

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