Landlords May Have the Ability to Make You Get Rid of Your Dog

As a pet owner, many of us already have a hard time finding landlords that are okay with pet ownership. What happens though if you move to a home and find yourself in a situation when the landlord doesn’t want you to keep your dog?

The bad news is that some landlords may have legal channels that allow them to request for tenants to no longer have pets in the property. The likelihood of this, however, depends on many factors like what your lease agreement or the local housing law states about owning pets.

For example, if the tenancy agreement has clear language that states no pets are allowed then you might not have a lot of leverage. Even if that was the case, we would recommend getting a review from a legal professional to ensure there isn’t a misinterpretation in what the agreement states.

Aside from reviewing the legal documents, it may be worth having a conversation with the landlord on why they want you to get rid of your dog. Is it because of noise complaints from neighbors? Maybe there are steps you can take to alleviate your landlord’s concerns like taking your dog to behavioral training class. Is it because your landlord is worried about the damage your dog may cause to his or her home? Perhaps you can offer to take steps that would reduce the likelihood of damages, such as adding scratch shields around the house.

The point is that you might be able to come up with an agreement with the landlord if you can alleviate some of the concerns they have with having a dog in the property. If your landlord, however, is adamant about not allowing pets then you may have to seek a new home. Don’t give up on the first instance though as there continues to be a lot of development in the laws around pet ownership (in the favor of tenants).

For example, in New York City, there is a pet ownership law that allows pet owners to keep their pet if they reside in the apartment for three months without the landlord citing them or seeking eviction.

Disclaimer: The content on is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.
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