Thursday, October 23, 2008
Kudos to you landlords that allow tenants to keep their beloved family pet. However, you may be subjecting yourself to liability if that "pet" is a vicious animal. A landlord who 1) knows of a dangerous animal's presence and 2) has the right to control or remove the animal by retaking possession of the leased premises could find him/herself a defendant if that animal harms someone. In Underwood, et al. v. Wind, the Pennsylvania Superior Court gave the landlord a second chance after the trial court found her liable along with her niece/tenant for injuries inflicted by the niece's dog. But, only because the jury instructions were erroneous.
Posted by Audrey at 2:52 PM