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Dear PoPville – When Renting an Apartment, are Deposits for Pets Legal?

by Prince Of Petworth April 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm 29 Comments


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Dear PoPville,

I just recently toured a newly built apartment community in D.C. On their website, they had previously listed a non-refundable pet deposit for $500 per pet. Within the last week or so, it now says “N/A.” When I asked the leasing the office, they said that the legal team found out that a deposit like that for pets is ILLEGAL in D.C. I’ve been paying a deposit like that ever since I moved here (when moving to a new place/community)! I tried poking around online to find out about this, but no luck. I really don’t see a great reason that they’d “make it up” since they’re losing a good bit of money by not keeping the fee. What’s up?

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