Can I due if my landlord let my dog out even though they were aware the dog was here?

UPDATED: Feb 15, 2012

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Can I due if my landlord let my dog out even though they were aware the dog was here?

I am dogsitting for a friend. My apartment complex is aware that I do this. Maintenance came today for a planned visit for repairs. There is a sticker on my door that says I have a dog and I left a note for them on the stairs immediately when you wall in my door. They read the note because it had been moved. The dogs were locked in the bathroom where repairs were to be made. The note explained that they could let the dogs out of the bathroom but not out of the apartment. They left the front door open and the tiny pregnant $1500 poodle allegedly ran away. It’s highly likely she was stolen.

Asked on February 15, 2012 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If maintenance personnel let your dog out of the rental you have and you have lost her forever, then the people who carelssly allowed the dog out of the unit seemingly would be responsible for the fair market value of the lost dog given the notes that you had written about the dog states in your question.

I would write the people who let your dog out about the situation and make a demand for payment. If no payment is made, then your recourse is small claims court if you do not get your lost dog back.

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