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Q: My question is about security deposits. Can a landlord take a damage deposit and also a pet deposit as long as each one is not greater then 1/2 the rent when a landlord and tenant are going into a tenancy agreement?
A: Yes. Landlords can request a security deposit of not more than 1/2 of one month's rent, and they can now also request a 'pet damage deposit' of not more than 1/2 of one month's rent too.
So, coupled with the security deposit for the tenancy, the maximum amount a landlord can request for a security and pet damage deposit combined is one month's rent.
Landlords can restrict and prohibit certain pets, as well as limit the size and numbers, and they can set rules too.
When most people think of pets in residential premises they often conjure up images of cuddly little kittens and puppies - but landlord-tenant relationships see all kinds of animals including rats and other rodents, pigs and goats, ponies and sheep, spiders and snakes, lizards, turtles, various reptiles whose names I can't even pronounce, along with monkeys, birds, and at least one tiger that I know of.
My favorite 'pet case'involved a chimpanzee in a cowboy outfit that went berserk in a townhouse and did $7200 in damages. The chimp was being fed beer by a group of students before he bit two students, broke one's arm, thrashed the townhouse, caused a massive flood by ripping water pipes off the walls, caused a fire to erupt when he toppled the stove, and then literally tore the stuffing out of the furniture. Animal control officers had to be brought in to sedate the chimp.
The weirdest 'pet' case I've encountered had two 8-foot long caiman living in a high-rise apartment. Caiman are South American cousins of the alligator / crocodile family. The owner claimed these were great pets. The landlord contended they were prehistoric, carnivorous predators that devour live prey in eating frenzies, and cannot be domesticated. The landlord argued that keeping the premises at 84 degrees Fahrenheit, together with boulders and tropical vegetation, as well as swirling water in a 10 foot wading pool in the living room, and throwing in live chickens and rabbits every couple of days, was an unreasonable use of a 2 bedroom Vancouver apartment.


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