Can a landlord be liable if he rents to a tenant who has a dog/s that is a mixed breed with pit bull in Broward county, FL?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Miami, FL

We have a possible tenant that has 2 dog/s that are mixed bulldog with pit bull? Our concern is if that dog/s bites or mauls someone can the Landlord be liable for damages or be personally sued?

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  1. Daniel Nelson Deasy

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Yes. You can be liable. You need to contact your insurance carrier and then an attorney to make sure you are protected.

    Good luck.

    In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship.... more
  2. Marian Audrey Lindquist

    Contributor Level 17


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    Answered . Anybody can be sued. It is typical of dog bite cases that if someone is bitten by a dog they make a claim against the property owner. You can purchase insurance for these type of claims.

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  3. Joseph Torri

    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . It is possible. There are cases that address this issue. You can also Google Florida dog bite landlord liability and see what comes up for your own edification. I would personally not rent to a tenant with these dogs. Talk to your insurance company and attorney to protect yourself prior to doing anything.

    This communication does not create an attorney-client relationship. This means that I am not your lawyer and I... more
  4. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues - speak with your insurance agent and also have your lease reviewed by a local attorney. I just want to add that it doesn't matter what type of dog it is - anyone can sue anybody for anything, so you need to be sure you are protected.

    If we do not have a signed fee agreement I am not your attorney and this is not legal advice.

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