CAN MY LANDLORD REMOVE MY DOG WITHOUT MY PERMISSION?

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CAN MY LANDLORD REMOVE MY DOG WITHOUT MY PERMISSION?

I was walking my dogs to the car and I tripped over their leashes and they got loose.  They got into a fight with another dog. To make a long story short, I agreed to move out of the complex within 60 days. Now my landlord is stating that he can come remove my pets from my condo without my permission and have it so that I can never get them back. Is this true and what are my options?

Asked on November 6, 2010 under Real Estate Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Well let's start with what does your lease state about pets?  And as an aside, did he give you written confirmation that he is letting you out of the lease in 60 days?  In other words, that he is allowing you to break the lease without need to continue to pay the rent and with the return of security and no other penalties that may be in there?  Make sure of that. And do an exit walkthrough and have him sign something that the place was "broom clean absent normal wear and tear." Now, no he can not enter your premises for the purpose of removing personal property. Pets are personal property.  He could not come in and take the T.v., could he?  Even if it violated the lease he would still nee a court order to have it removed.  If he tried to it would be illegal and you could have him arrested. I would give him that little bit of information before he sets foot in to the place. 


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