Can the new management charge me pet rentin addition toa deposit ifthe previous management only required a deposit?

I’ve been living in my apartment a year and the new management delivered packets to our doors of the new rules of the complex. They are requiring a pet deposit and pet rent and 7 days to declare our pets. I previously paid a pet deposit to the former landlord, so I know they cannot charge me twice, but I am wondering if they can legally charge pet rent if I have already lived here a year before they set this rule. Is there a CA grandfather clause?

Asked on March 12, 2011 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Well first of all the new management company can not alter or change your rental agreement that is in effect now.  It is a contract and they are bound to uphold the terms of which until the expiration of the contract.  Pet deposits are legal in California and I believe additional rent may be as well, except for animals that are related to the disabled (like seeing eye dogs; then a whole other set of laws comes in to effect).  And if your former landlord already charged yu for the deposit you are correct about being charged twice.  You may want to seek advice from an attorney in your area and maybe look for a new place when your lease runs out.  Good luck to you. 


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