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Explaining landlord liability in tenant dog bite cases

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2017 | Animal Bites |

The landlord of a property can be held liable for a variety of reasons. One reason that might surprise you is that the dog of a tenant bit another person. For the most part, the tenant in these cases is held liable for a dog bite and not the landlord. But, there are times when the landlord and the tenant can be held liable in such a case in Portsmouth.

One of the first ways a landlord can be held liable in a dog bite case is if he or she knew the dog was dangerous. If the landlord screened the tenant prior to approving the rental agreement and found out that their pet was dangerous, he or she could be held liable for letting the tenant move in with the dog.

The second scenario in which a landlord can be held liable for a dog bite is when the landlord had the ability to remove the dog from the premises but failed to do so. If the landlord is given permission by the court to evict the tenant, or have the tenant get rid of the dog, and doesn’t follow through, the landlord can be held liable.

The third scenario involves the landlord harboring the dog. This occurs when the landlord acts like the dog belongs to him. The landlord will feed the dog, bathe the dog, walk the dog or watches the dog while the dog’s owner is on vacation or at work.

Have you been bitten by a dog in New Hampshire? An attorney can help you learn more about your legal options. The legality of the case and how to proceed can be difficult to ascertain without the help of an attorney.


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