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pet deposit transferrable to new owner of property??

Posted by Betty on July 15, 2001 at 13:07:11:

I live in Denton, Texas. I signed a one year lease last August in a 4 unit condo-type building. Paid a security deposit, along with a $200 non-refundable pet deposit. A few months ago, the property was sold. The new owner received my security deposit from the previous owner, but not the pet deposit. A new tenant with a dog just moved in to the unit next to mine and they were not required to put down a pet deposit. My question is this: Whenever I do move out, how can I prevent the new owner from deducting money from my security deposit because I have a pet in the apartment? Since I had already paid $200 to cover that, and I knew I wouldn't get that back from the original lease, how can I make sure that won't happen a year or two from now when I move? If a pet deposit is no longer required, then shouldn't I be refunded the $200 from the original owner? Thank you!

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