As A Landlord, Am I Legally Responsible If One Of My Tenants' Dogs Attacks And Injuries Someone On My Property?

It depends. A landlord will only be liable to a person who has been injured by a tenant's dog if the landlord knew that the tenant's dog had violent propensities and was in control of the property. A landlord will be in control of the property if he or she has the ability to cause the dangerous dog to be removed. If a landlord who exercises control over the premises that he rents knows of a tenant's dangerous dog and does not take measures to prevent that dog from posing a danger to third persons (such as warning the tenant to restrain their dangerous dog) the landlord can be liable for injuries to third persons.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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