What is the difference between paying a pet deposit and pet fee?

Photo of The Verandahs at Brighton Bay

Pet Fee vs Pet Deposit: Defining the Two Terms

Many St Pete apartments are pet friendly as St Pete in general has so many dog friendly attractions, such as Fort De Soto Dog Beach. But, there is often time confusion between the two terms, pet fee and pet deposit. The bottom line is a deposit you have the potential to get back, but a pet fee is non-refundable. When searching for the perfect St Pete apartment for you and your furry friend there are even community features that benefit your pet, such as patios and balconies and community dog parks. These little extras improve the quality of life for you and your pet!

Tips on How to Get your Pet Deposit Back

Finding a pet friendly takes some extra effort. Some apartments allow pets with a pet fee. And some others allow pets accepting a refundable pet deposit, which is usually half of the monthly rent. But in many cases it is difficult to get back the pet deposit back, if your pet damages articles like carpets, blinds, curtains etc. Sometimes the pet deposit may not be enough to compensate the damage and it may get deducted from the apartment security deposit. To avoid this you need to take some precautions. Use area rugs and runners. The first thing you can do is use rugs and runners in high-traffic areas on your new carpet. This will minimize both soiling and crushing in these areas, but it can also provide beautiful accents of color to your home. High-traffic areas can include hallways, entryways, and the areas in front of couches and chairs, but high traffic is in no way limited to these carpeted areas. Vacuuming on a regular basis is another way to keep carpets looking fresh because it eliminates dirt and fur in the fibers of the carpet. When dirt and dust is left in carpet and the carpet is walked on, it can damage the fiber and change the way the fibers reflect light — making the carpet look dingy or dull. When you vacuum, you remove these damaging particles, prolonging the life of your carpet. Many pets like to look out the window to check out their surroundings or sunbath. However, this can cause some damage to your blinds, which would dip into your pet deposit. You can avoid this potentially costly situation using two methods. One, when your dog is out and hanging around the house, leave your blinds up. Putting a couch or something beside a window and leaving the last couple inches of the window clear so they can look through at their leisure. The other alternative is blocking said area with furniture or fixtures that your pet can't get through. If you maintain your St Pete apartment throughout your lease, you have a stronger possibility of getting your pet deposit back

These are the opinions of writers and not the opinions of RentTampaBay.com or any of our advertising partners.