Can a policy that is not in writing be enforced?

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Can a policy that is not in writing be enforced?

I live in apartments that allow pets. I paid my pet deposit and have caused no problems for the landlord. I come home to find a letter on our door from the landlord saying that pets are to use the restroom at the park that’s located by our apartment complex and if we’re caught letting our pets use the restroom on the property ill be fined $100. My question is that legal? Can they charge that? Nowhere on the lease is it stipulated pets must use the restroom at the park or face this fine. How can you allow pets at your complex but expect them not to use the bathroom on the property? I was never even told this I was only notifified that this policy “exists” from the letter placed on our door but again this “policy” is not in writing

Asked on January 25, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Indiana

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Good question. Unless there are agreed upon rules for the premises that you rent stating that your pet cannot use the bathroom on the premises and your lease has no prohibition against such, there is no per se policy in existence that can be enforced. The only exception is of the landlord now sets forth in writing a new policy which does not seem to be the case in your matter.


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