Lithia Springs, GA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia

Q: Can apartment management charge me a pet fee (no damage done) at move-out that was never mentioned in the lease?

My apartment management informed me (at move-out) that ALL pet owners have to pay a $200 fee to spray some sort of allergen sealer on the floor before re-carpeting for the next tenant. I was told this without them even having pulled up the carpet to look for any unusual damage. I had to pay a $400 non-refundable pet fee at move-in, and this fee was never mentioned and does not appear in the lease.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Roswell, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: If it not in the lease, ask management in writing what legal authority do they have to charge you after the fact.

If they fail to provide you with the required information, demand that any deduction from your security deposit be returned to you.

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