Personal Injury:

Landlord Liability for Tenants’ Dogs

Many landlords prohibit tenants from owning dogs because the landlord, in certain circumstances, may be held responsible for damage or injury caused by the dog. Therefore, if a tenant’s dog bites another tenant or a visitor, the landlord, as well as the dog’s owner, may have to compensate the victim.

If you suffered dog bite damages, you may be able to collect compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and lost income. Fill out our free case review form and our dog bite attorneys will determine your eligibility for a dog bite lawsuit.

In most cases, the landlord is not liable if the tenant’s dog bites an individual. Leasing a property to a tenant with a dog is not enough to hold the landlord legally responsible for the animal’s actions. For instance, if the tenant’s usually friendly dog bites someone, the landlord typically will not be held responsible.

However, the landlord can be held liable for injuries and damage caused by a tenant’s dog if:

  • They harbored or kept the tenant’s dog. (In other words, the landlord cared for or had a certain amount of control over the animal.)
  • They knew the dog was dangerous and could have had it removed.

In several states, a person trying to hold a landlord liable for dog bite injuries must prove that the landlord knew the dog had dangerous propensities and that he or she could have legally removed the animal from the premises or forced the tenant to move out. In general, the landlord will “know” a dog is dangerous if he or she has actual knowledge that the dog previously threatened or injured someone. However, not all states maintain this rule. In some areas, landlords cannot be held accountable even if they knew the dog was dangerous.

If you were bitten by a dog, the owner and/or landlord may be responsible for your suffering. Fill out our free case review form and our dog bite lawyers will determine whether you are eligible to recover monetary damages.