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  1. Hello! I live in Michigan. I am currently in a month to month lease. Upon move in, my fiance and I paid a security deposit and separate pet deposit of $200, we also signed a pet addendum to the lease and pay $15 additional for our dog every month. New management has stepped in and decided they are booting anyone who has dogs over 30lbs. I know they can technically give us a 30 day NTQ and say they are not renewing our month to month lease (they have not yet). But my question is not on this, but rather compliance with Fair Housing laws re: the pet deposit. Upon speaking to some of the neighbors who also have large dogs, they were told when they got their pets that they "didn't have to worry" about the pet deposit or pet rent, and according to the new management, there was no record of any of these people having a pet. Is this a Fair Housing issue? Can my landlord arbitrarily decide who they will and will not charge pet deposit/pet rent?
  2. Hello, hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction on this. About 4 months ago, I applied online to reserve an apartment in on-campus housing at my university. I "agreed" to the online contract-which I am not sure exactly what is in it, because they don't allow you to view it after you have "e-signed" it. The prompts directed me to submit a $250 security deposit and $40 application fee, or else an apartment would not be held for me. I did this, but stopped payment of this transaction with my bank before it went through because I had changed my mind. However, somehow they still assigned me to an apartment. I emailed the gentleman in charge to let him know that I would not be taking the apartment. He sent me back a cancellation form and said "no problem." Then, I got an email from a lady, the housing coordinator, saying she reviewed my cancellation request and did not find reason to cancel my contract- they only allow you to if you are leaving the university or graduation. I promptly emailed her back, stating that I had never paid the $250 deposit and technically should never have been assigned an apartment and never wanted to be. I was furious, because they knew of my intent to cancel my contract months ago, and never indicated there may be a problem. My questions, specifically, are regarding the legality of their online contract- I never signed any physical forms, and do not plan to pick up the keys for this apartment. Also, since I did not pay that $250 and should not have been assigned the apartment, do I have a chance if the case needs to go to court? I am still waiting on a response from her, and I figured I'd see what everyone here thinks. Thank you!
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