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My Tenants Own Pit Bulls, Violating the Lease. What Can Be Done?

The Law & You
February 27, 2018

The Law and You

My Tenants Own Pit Bulls, Violating the Lease. What Can Be Done?

A landlord learned that his tenants own two pit bulls in violation of their lease. The tenants deny that the dogs are theirs. Can something be done?

Dave Kuharchik: We’re talking tonight about a rental property in this edition of “The Law & You.” Attorneys Harry McGrath, who’s here for Greg, and Ed Ciarimboli are back, good to see you guys.

Ed Ciarimboli: I brought the worlds foremost legal expert in rental properties, Harry McGrath.

Harry McGrath: That’s my expertise.

Dave: Let’s get to the rental property question. We want Harry to tackle this one here. Bod in Wilkes Barre says, “I own a rental property in Wilkes Barre. The lease specifically says no pets and the tenants have two pit bulls. When I confronted them they denied the animals were there. What can I do?” What can Bob do here?

Ed: I mean, Bob, you obviously have to talk to the landlord. If the lease says they’re not allowed to have animals and the landlord refuses to enforce that clause in the lase, then technically you can withhold the rent; If it’s impacting your ability to use and enjoy your apartment. Short of that, I’m not exactly sure what anything else they can do on this. That’s probably the extent of it, don’t you think?

Harry: Certainly, Ed’s advice is solid. I think, as we always advise everyone, put these things into writing, send an e-mail, send a text message, leave a letter in their mail slot and let them know what the complaint is. If you do end up having to go before a magistrate, judge, or something of that nature, you have a document to rely on that says you placed them on notice of it.

Ed: Take a picture of the dogs. That’s going to be the easiest things to do to prove that this particular individual has dogs in their apartment. Take a picture of the dogs and Snapchat the picture to your landlord, anything that you could do to document. Obviously, if you could have documentation or a photograph of these dogs in that apartment, it’s going to help your case a long way.

Dave: You could Snapchat that same picture to Fellerman & Ciarimboli. They are dying for a Snapchat question. You could also reach them by phone or on the web-site. Results matter with attorneys Harry McGrath and Ed Ciarimboli. Thanks so much guys.

Ed and Harry: Thanks Dave.

Dave: pahomepage.com and “The Law & You” hotline are there for you.

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