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Are Landlords Liable for Injuries Caused by a Tenant’s Dog?

by David Peel on January 8, 2014

Are Landlords Liable for Injuries Caused by a Tenant's Dog?Just because a dog living in an apartment building bites a person does not mean the landlord is liable for injuries caused by the tenant’s dog. The landlord will only be responsible in certain situations.

In Tennessee, a landlord may only be liable if he knew the dog was potentially dangerous to others. In other words, the landlord needs to know that the dog is a threat and may injure a person. If a landlord has evidence of the danger posed by the tenant’s dog and ignores it, he may be liable. In a situation where the landlord ignores evidence about the danger of the dog, and the dog injures someone, the landlord could also be made to pay punitive damages, which are damages above the amount needed to compensate the victim.

The landlord also needs to have the power to remove the dog in order to be liable. If the landlord cannot require that the tenant remove the dog from the property or to properly restrain it, the landlord is not likely to be liable for injuries caused by the dog. However, if the landlord can require the tenant to remove the dog from the property, the landlord could be liable for injuries caused by a tenant’s dog.

A landlord could also be liable for injuries caused by a tenant’s dog when the dog is off the property. This would depend on the circumstances. But, if the landlord knew the dog was potentially dangerous and allowed to roam freely, the landlord could be liable for injuries caused by the dog when the dog is off the property.

If you or someone you know is interested in more information on landlord liability for injuries caused by a tenant’s dog, please contact Mr. Peel through PeelLawFirm.com. Mr. Peel practices in several areas of law, but focuses on personal injury. He is very involved in the Christian community. He practices throughout West Tennessee. His office is located in Millington, Tennessee.

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