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Tenants and potentially dangerous dogs

Being a landlord can be tough for many reasons, as we have discussed on our blog (non-payment of rent, etc.). However, some landlords find themselves in very unique circumstances and they are completely unsure of which course of action to take. For example, you may have a tenant who has a potentially dangerous dog and you could be worried that this animal will attack someone and you will be held responsible. In some instances, landlords have been held responsible for a tenant's dog attacking someone. As a result, it is critical to go over your options and deal with this properly.

In some cases, landlords are able to simply talk with their tenants and resolve the issue. Also, landlords can take preventative measures to prevent this problem by changing the terms of future lease agreements. However, this is not an option for some landlords and it may be necessary to take further steps to address the situation. In some cases, a landlord may want to fence in their yard to prevent a tenant's dog from attacking a passerby. Or, a landlord may want to post warning signs around the property.

Sometimes, evicting a tenant is necessary and you should carefully approach the process of eviction if you believe that this is the best way to handle a tenant who refuses to deal with their potentially dangerous dog. Browse through our website for more info, make sure that you protect your landlord rights and be sure to pay attention to relevant legal matters.

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