What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? PA
Ok, so Ive talked with my landlord recently about getting a pet. She lives in Virginia, and the apartment (basement studio of a house) is located in Lemont, PA. She originally stated that my initial request of a cat was denied due to her having allergies. So, no big deal. Recently I've decided on a new choice and sent an email to her. My lease states as follows:
"Pets: No pets allowed unless approved by landlord"
Her email states as follows:
"Ok, so get a hedgehog. It is fine with me. Just please clean up after it and keep it in a cage when you are not supervising it. I will have to charge you a pet deposit. I charged Tim $250 per pet, so I will do the same with you. You will also be required, just as Tim is, to have the carpets cleaned when you leave the property and to repair any damage done by the animal."
2 things to note....1st) my pet choice is pygmy hedgehog apon approval of a PA house bill that if passed will allow this animals to be legal pets in PA. 2nd)Tim is the upstairs neighbor.
My question is...is it legal for her to charge a pet deposit eventhough she gave "approval" yet my lease mentions nothing of a deposit upon such approval??? Ive also considered getting a hedgehog and 2 rats...which would bring the deposit to $750! My monthly rent is $600, of which Ive already put a months rent down for a deposit. Is this allowed as well? Please help!