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Screenshot: Aleksey Boyko (Shutterstock) Dogs are man’s best friend, but they are not your landlord’s best friend—for obvious reasons. We don’t recommend hiding a dog from a landlord for a number of reasons, but if you’re going to, you should do it smartly. Why hide a dog? Maybe you got a new apartment in a rush, didn’t have the luxury of being picky, signed on the first dotted line you could in an effort not to become homeless, but ended up in a place that won’t let your dog come with you. Maybe your great aunt died and bequeathed you her beloved pooch. Maybe your roommate got a dog without telling you, or you saw an adoption ad that was simply too much for your heart to take, so you acted without thinking. The facts of the case don’t matter: You have a dog and you live in a rental that doesn’t allow them. There are two kinds of dog-based restrictions: Your landlord could flat-out ban them, or charge you a fee if they find out you have one. There are then three kinds of fees: Pet deposits are usually refundable, while pet fees are not, but you typically pay the latter out only one time. A pet fee is more like an admissions fee, while the pet deposit is designed to pay for any damage the pet causes, just like a regular rental deposit. If your dog doesn’t scratch up the place or pee on the carpet, you […]