Houston, TX asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas

Q: Hi, I currently rent an apartment. I am on my 10th month. I think the management changed. When I signed the lease,there

Was a $500 deposit for my pet. Now they claim I have a violation and the $500 was a security deposit based on credit. I have excellent credit. Over 700. That doesn't make sense. Please advise

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Typically, a pet deposit is memorialized in either the lease or a separate Pet Addendum to the lease. In any event, you should have some documentation from the person to whom you gave the $500 that it is for a pet deposit. Worst case scenario, your check or other payment of the $500 should reflect it is for a pet deposit. You should provide a copy of that documentation to the new management.

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