Well, here's the update....
My current landlord is coming over on Wednesday to do an inspection, and to talk about the rent for our next lease. The market is in my favor right now - comparable houses in my area are going for about $150 less than what we're paying right now.
If I can prove to the landlord that there are no long-term ramifications of letting me keep the herps (ie, SMELL), he's going to let me keep them. If he agrees to lower the rent, we're staying. So, things look ok.... for now.
- Ken LePage