How do I change a month-to-month lease to force the removalof 3dogs?

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How do I change a month-to-month lease to force the removalof 3dogs?

Verbal agreement at rental 5 years ago was 1 small dog and occasional dog sitting on weekend. Now 2 dogs on residence last year and another  dog added within the last 3 months. Yard destruction and poop causing problem. Want to give 5 or 6 month notice that all dogs must be gone. Need some guidelines on verbiage for letter.

Asked on November 29, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Minnesota

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

With an oral (or verbal) lease, you, as landlord, may change the terms on 30 days notice. You don't need special verbiage--simply send the tenant a letter stating that in, say, 5 months (set out the actual date), dogs (or pets generally) will not be allowed. If you set the date 5 months in advance, as you indicate, you'll be providing more than enough notice. Send the letter in some way or ways that you can prove delivery, such as by federal express (with tracking), certified mail with return receipt, etc. You might also want to think about, as an alternative, if you'd allow the dogs if the tenant paid additional rent or provided an extra deposit to cover them.


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