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FAQ: I have a pet and my landlord is unhappy about it. What can I do?

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FAQ: I have a pet and my landlord is unhappy about it. What can I do?

I have a one year lease which prohibits pets. For the past three months, I have kept a dog in my apartment. The landlord was aware that I brought a dog into the apartment and, initially, told me it was all right. Last week I received a letter from my landlord giving me thirty days to get rid of my dog and reminding me that the lease prohibits pets. Do I have to get rid of my dog? 

Yes. The fact that your landlord chose to allow you to have a dog and did not enforce the lease term prohibiting pets does not mean that the landlord can never enforce that lease term. To enforce the suspended lease term, the landlord need only give you notice that he wants you to comply with the no pet rule in your lease. If you fail to remove the pet, the landlord may terminate your lease and seek to evict you. If your landlord had agreed in writing to allow you to keep the dog and waive the no pet lease term, he would not be able to later change his mind and ask you to remove the dog

Last Review and Update: Jul 25, 2011