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Security deposit and Cat (by Sarah [OH]) May 20, 2019 3:43 PM
       Security deposit and Cat (by Steve [MA]) May 20, 2019 5:04 PM
       Security deposit and Cat (by DJ [VA]) May 20, 2019 5:32 PM
       Security deposit and Cat (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) May 21, 2019 7:41 AM
       Security deposit and Cat (by Oregonwoodsmoke [ID]) May 21, 2019 11:37 AM
       Security deposit and Cat (by Ted [MA]) May 21, 2019 1:05 PM
       Security deposit and Cat (by Libi [NY]) May 21, 2019 1:36 PM
       Security deposit and Cat (by Sarah [OH]) May 22, 2019 8:25 AM
       Security deposit and Cat (by Busy [WI]) May 22, 2019 9:40 AM
       Security deposit and Cat (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) May 22, 2019 2:11 PM

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Security deposit and Cat (by Sarah [OH]) Posted on: May 20, 2019 3:43 PM
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State Specific Question About: OHIO (OH)

I am moving out of my apartment and the apartment manager is claiming my bedroom "reeks" of cat pee. I talked to her 2 weeks ago and when she showed my apartment to potential new tenants and she said that she did not smell any cat pee what so ever. Today I received a call from her saying she went into my apartment (which she never asked permission to do or warned me she that was doing this) and she smelt cat pee. I was home 5 hours before this call and did not smell any of this. I also have asked a few friends if they had smelt cat pee when they had been over and they said no. The apartment manager told me they were on the phone with the carpet company finding out how much it would be to replace the carpet so she can bill me...giving me no time to even find out if my cat possibly peed on the carpet within 5 hours. I move out in 10 days and have not even started to clean the apartment. Is she allowed to bill me for something I have not had the chance to fix myself? I know this is just a way for them to replace the carpet. How do I go about this? --162.155.xx.xx




Security deposit and Cat (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: May 20, 2019 5:04 PM
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Sarah, FYI you are asking for tenant advice on a Landlord site. Most LLs on this site will not be too willing to assist you especially since we are only getting your version of the account.

I suggest that you either try posting on a tenant site or even better Google the Landlord / Tenant laws for your specific area. --96.237.xx.xx




Security deposit and Cat (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: May 20, 2019 5:32 PM
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What Steve said, but I will try to help some.

If your cat has missed the litter box, then there could be a legitimate issue. You may be "noseblind" to it - used to the smell. Not only the carpet, but no doubt the pad and possibly the floor below could be damaged. Animal urine smell can be very hard to get rid of.

Also, making it wet (as in when it's shampooed) will make the smell come out worse. There are products available that claim to eliminate pet odor. You might try pulling back the carpet & pad, see if you can clear it up, then replace the pad & re-stretch the carpet. Plywood subfloor will need to be sealed (hopefully it's not wood the owner wants to refinish someday)if the urine got to it.

Hopefully, this was an allowed pet, and any pet fee you paid will help pay for damage. This is why there are pet fees.

Good luck

--68.10.xxx.x




Security deposit and Cat (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: May 21, 2019 7:41 AM
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Sarah,

How does you having a pet, increase the resale value of that apartment? Is it at all possible that there is a smell from your pet? Is it possible that you are nose blind to such smells?

Perhaps if you want to enjoy a pet and don't like the idea of your Landlord taking part of your deposit, then you could consider spending the thousands of dollars and buy you own place. That is indeed a choice you do have. --72.23.xxx.xx




Security deposit and Cat (by Oregonwoodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: May 21, 2019 11:37 AM
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Pets are expensive. If you want to have a pet, you can expect to have expenses.

If you think that you want to rent with a pet, you must be prepared to pay for pet damage. --98.146.xxx.xxx




Security deposit and Cat (by Ted [MA]) Posted on: May 21, 2019 1:05 PM
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Gurl, you in trouble. --192.82.x.xxx




Security deposit and Cat (by Libi [NY]) Posted on: May 21, 2019 1:36 PM
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My tenantí cat was peeing at the commercial grade porcelain tiles. I was thinking nothing can disturb it, but urine was penetrating through the grout to the subfloor. It took me 4 months and eventually I replaced new perfectly fine otherwise tile floor.

Cat urine is forming NOT water soluble crystals that can be dissolved only by contact with special enzymes. --174.242.x.xx




Security deposit and Cat (by Sarah [OH]) Posted on: May 22, 2019 8:25 AM
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Thanks for the advice. My roommate has serve body odor and left some clothes in her room. The humidity intensified this and made her entire room smell like it. The apartment manager was mistaking this smell with cat pee. I had my old roommate remove the remaining clothes and the smell is COMPLETELY gone. I am just afraid the apartment manager will still claim she smells the slightest bit of cat pee. --162.155.xx.xx




Security deposit and Cat (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: May 22, 2019 9:40 AM
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There are products sold at pet stores for removing pet urine. Cannot remember the name right now. I would suggest taking your carpet cleaner to the carpets now, while there is still time to clean them multiple times. When the carpet is wet, those smells ( body odors, urine) will be more obvious. There are other products like OdorX-it, and tea tree oil products that are very good at removing smells.

Be careful that you donít saturate through the carpets, use the products in the machine, not applied heavily on the carpets, or the products can stretch the carpet, creating an obvious wrinkle. Test in a closet first, to make sure the carpet is colorfast, make sure the product doesnít further damage the carpet.

I like the Bissel carpet cleaning machine. It you are going to have pets, you should have one ( whatever brand.) Key for this is to start cleaning early, so youíll know if any smells will pop up. It took four cleanings , one with a commercial cleaner, to reduce the cat smells from a house I bought that had carpet. At first, I thought the house just smelled Ďoldí , but when I did that first cleaning, I could smell cat urine in one corner of one bedroom. I used Oder X-it the last 2 times I cleaned. That removed the last of it. I donít know what the commercial cleaner used. Iíve had two tenants in there since, with a carpet cleaning in between, and no cat urine odor surfaced.

Any landlord that wants to jump on me for helping a tenant can go......... --70.92.xxx.xxx




Security deposit and Cat (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: May 22, 2019 2:11 PM
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We wish you well Ms Sarah. How a smell gets into a place really doesn't matter if that smell wasn't there before.

Most air fresheners seem to just mask smell. If the smell is faint, you might use either order ban or a Fabreeze product.....but these don't cover heavy smells --72.23.xxx.xx



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