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Pets

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What Is It?

Seattle has rules about what a landlord can charge a renter to keep a pet. Property owners can charge renters a pet damage deposit. Seattle does not allow non-refundable pet fees. A landlord can charge pet rent.

What It Isn’t

Assistance animals are not considered pets. Property owners cannot refuse to accept a renter because they have an assistance animal, nor can they charge a pet damage deposit for an assistance animal.

Rules to Follow

  • The pet damage deposit cannot exceed 25 percent of the first full month's rent. The pet damage deposit is per pet.
  • The pet damage deposit must be written into the rental agreement.
  • The renter may pay the pet damage deposit in three consecutive, equal monthly installments that begin when the pet begins living in the rental unit, or the tenant and landlord may agree to an alternative payment schedule.

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