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Rental property and pets

Our rental contract with our renter stipulates no pets. We recently found out that she has a dog. What are our options?
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Put them on notice asap via a certified letter.  If you do not do anything it can be construed as 'being in agreement' later if you need to proceeed with an eviction. You do not want to be in a position where your tenant can tell a judge "I spoke with him and he said it was okay".  I suggest you contact an attorney too.  -Good Luck
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June 26 2012
They broke the lease which means you can pose a fine on them or start the eviction process.
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June 26 2012
As a landlord and property manager, I would  immediately serve them with a written notice of their violation and inform them that they are in breach of their lease and are subject to eviction, assuming you have a lease, one that addresses pets and violations involving them?

Your lease should address your pet policy as well as how to resolve violations of it.

By not acting on the violation and enforcing your rights, you may lose them.

A potentially unwanted outcome for you..... You don't do anything about it and your tenant fights you in court to keep the pet  and   wins. That can happen if they convince a judge that you  knew of the violation and allowed it. 

You don't need an attorney in this situation if you have a good lease, you just need to enforce your rights by enforcing the lease.

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This is the type of situation for which all landlords should have an attorney available for a quick consult.

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