Can my landlord give me a notice to remove my dog if I paid a pet fee?

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Can my landlord give me a notice to remove my dog if I paid a pet fee?

My dog entered a vacant room in my apartment and broke a water pipe and ripped up some carpet. My landlord stated they may have to ask me to remove my dog.

Asked on December 1, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If your dog caused damage at the rental that you have, your landlord is entirely in his or her right to ask that you remove your pet from the premises even if you paid for the damage. The landlord has a legitimate concern that your pet may cause more damages to the unit he owns and that perhaps you might not be able to pay for it.

I also suggest that you read the presumed written lease that you have for your rental in that it controls the obligations owed to your by the landlord and vice versa in the absence of conflicting state law. Most likely the written lease has a provision regarding pets and grounds for termination of the lease and removal of any troublesome pets. If so, the terms of the written lease would govern what can and cannot be done regarding your pet.

 


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