Everybody loves dogs, including you. But…
But when a dog bites … well, you want to be just the landlord, not the insurance company!
The Residential Lease Dog Clause is fair, humane and legal. It can help to protect you if a dog belonging to a tenant injures someone. It requires a prospective tenant to get renters insurance and make disclosures to you which will be legally binding on him in the future. It will –
- Clearly prohibit dogs other than guide dogs.
- Establish that you have not been informed of any viciousness on the part of the tenant’s dog.
- Prove that the tenant did not tell you about any defect like a broken gate or fence.
- Require renters insurance with proper terms and adequate coverage amounts.
- Establish reasonable guidelines for bringing new pets onto the premises.
- Make the tenant liable for any damage done by his pets and those of his guests.
- Force the tenant to defend and indemnify you against any lawsuits because of damage by his pets or his guests’ pets.
- Enable you to evict a tenant who has any kind of a dangerous animal.
Attach this Residential Lease Dog Clause to existing leases when they are renewed, and to your future leases. One of the best things about it is that you buy it once and can use it forever!
The Residential Lease Dog Clause can be downloaded from this website. Please note that it cannot be considered a substitute for insurance, or for the guidance of your own attorney (who should be called upon to review it and compare it with the lease that you currently are using). Nothing and nobody can guarantee that you will not be sued, and no lease or “dog clause” is a guarantee that you will win every case, but you can decrease the odds against you by using this Residential Lease Dog Clause.