Omaha, NE asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Nebraska

Q: What fees and deposits are landlords allowed to charge for pets in Nebraska?

I’m trying to rent a new apartment in Nebraska. The listed rent price is $745/month. The deposit is $500 and they said they’d charge a $200 refundable pet deposit but now the lease agreement they sent me states they will charge $183 for the refundable pet deposit plus an additional $217 non-refundable pet deposit plus add on $70/month to the rent as “pet rent”. That means altogether, for the one year lease, we’d be paying $1,240.00 just because we have pets. From what I understand they are not allowed to charge more than 1/4 month’s rent for any sort of pet deposit/fee. Does that number ($185 in my situation) include any monthly pet fees they charge? And are they allowed to demand a non-refundable fee for pets, especially one that exceeds the 1/4 month’s rent law?

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Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
  • Omaha, NE
  • Licensed in Nebraska

A: Nebraska Legal Aid has a handbook that has some general information regarding landlord/tenant rules that you may want to review before speaking with an attorney about your specific information.

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