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Renting 101: Deposits

Deposits are a large portion of what you will be spending in up front costs of renting an apartment. The Texas Apartment Association divides the deposits into four main types.

Security deposits
A security deposit is money you pay in advance to offset the cost of any damages to the property while you are living there.
You’ll be expected to pay a security deposit when you first move in.
Application deposits
An application deposit is money you may be asked to pay in advance at the time you complete a rental application.
This deposit is applied toward your security deposit if your application is approved.
If your application is not approved, the deposit is refundable in most cases. However, depending on the application you fill out, the deposit may not be refunded if you are accepted but decide not to move in, you fail to tell the truth on your application, or for certain other reasons.
Pet or animal deposits
An animal deposit (sometimes called a pet deposit) is additional money you are asked to pay in advance to offset any damages caused by an animal during the time you are renting the property.
If you’ll be moving in with a pet, you can expect to pay a pet or animal deposit.
An animal deposit is basically an additional security deposit.
A portion of the animal deposit may be non-refundable and used to pay for de-fleaing and cleaning your property.
Other deposits
In addition to the deposits you’ll be expected to pay the property owner, you may also be required to give deposits for utility services. Utility deposits may vary depending on your history of payment, expected usage and the policies of the various utility companies.

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