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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 7, 2022 10:31 AM
From: Representative MaryLouise Isaacson
To: All House members
Subject: Safeguarding Renters from Predatory Pet Deposits
 
Security deposits are a required necessity of landlords to ensure money is reserved to make any repairs of damages that occurred during the tenant’s residency. A pet security deposit falls into this category, however, the amount of these fees has begun to skyrocket. Not only are renters being charged large sums of money to pay for these deposits, but many landlords are making them nonrefundable, creating a predatory environment.
 
In order to provide a solution and help keep these fees reasonable, I am introducing legislation to prohibit a landlord from requiring a nonrefundable fee either as a security or pet deposit. Renters should be provided protection from losing their money when no damage has occurred to the property because the deposit or fee was nonrefundable.
 
Please join me in sponsoring this legislation safeguarding Pennsylvania’s renters and their pets from unfair tactics using pet deposits.



Introduced as HB352