Does a landlord have the right ask ifand how many dogs visited during my tenancy after the end of my lease?

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Does a landlord have the right ask ifand how many dogs visited during my tenancy after the end of my lease?

My dog was listed on the lease and caused damage that is more than covered by my security deposit. It ended 2 weeks ago after 6 years. Now he is asking if and how many other dogs visited “during the day” while I lived there without any explanation why it matters. Damage was caused by my dog only.

Asked on August 16, 2011 Tennessee

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Your landord owns the unit that you had occupied for six (6) years that you no longer have. You had a dog occupying the unit while you were there which apparently caused damage to the unit. Your landlord has a right to ask questions about how the damages occurred and if more than one canine had been in the rented unit during your occupancy.

Your landlord's questioning on the subject does not seem out of the ordinary. Potentially his questions about the number of dogs being in your unit will assist him with requirements of security deposits for other tenants in the future who have animals that he may rent to.


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