Landlords responsibility for tenants dog bite,?? Am I more liable if I say ok and charge a monthly rate for that dog?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Mableton, GA

rental contract reads as follows: This is a duplex and I have not given any written approval.
"Occupancy by guests staying over seven days will be in violation of this provision and be charged __$200__ per mo extra for each occupant or pet not listed on this agreement. Any extra occupancies or pets found staying at premises more than 7 days without written permission from Management will be charged retroactive back to the beginning of lease for the above stated amount per month. No pets of any kind shall be brought on the premises without the prior written consent of the Management."

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also would a dog waiver for the landlord help protect or make the landlord more liable?

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  1. Matthew Chase Swanson

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    Answered . Generally speaking, in Georgia an out-of-possession landlord will not be held responsible for injuries caused by a tenant's dog.

  2. David Mark Kupsky

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    Answered . Notice to a landlord of a dog's propensity to bite, e.g. a previous incident of biting could expose a landlord to liabilty for a subsequent incident,

    This answer is for general purposes only and does not create an attorney/client or confidential relationship which... more
  3. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . State laws vary, but good advice from Swanson.

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  4. Robert Bruce Kopelson

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    Answered . Dont know Ga law. In calif, we usually must prove LL had knowledge of the dangerousness of the dog before the incident. Must show LL negligence. So if LL has a back fenced in yard, and that tenant has a dog that goes in the yard, and that the fence has a big whole in it so dog can get out, and dog gets out and bites someone, LL could also be responsible.

  5. David J. McCormick

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    Answered . Great advice from Attorney Swanson.

    DISCLAIMER: David J. McCormick is licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin and this answer is being... more

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