the details are, a friend of mine stopped by to have a couple of beers, and his girlfriend stopped by on her way home to talk to him. she had her three little dogs with her and she stayed no more than 10 minutes before to started to go home. the landlord happen to see her with the dogs and she came to me to tell me, she could give a 10 day notice to have me evicted. this is my first and last violation of a month to month rental after completing a six month lease. the only thing i told her was i didn't think it was that big of deal especially when other tenants have people with pit bulls come over to visit them. she wanted me to tell her who they were and i told her i was not a snitch. can she have me evicted just because of that?
It sounds as if your landlord is being a bit aggressive. If a tenant, in violation of the rental agreement, keeps a pet capable of doing damage to persons or property, a landlord can issue a 10 day notice to either get rid of the pet or get out. Under the facts related, I question whether a Judge would find that you were keeping such a pet on the premises but even if they did, you cured the problem within minutes. The real danger is if it happens a second time within 6 months. The first 10 day notice has to let you get rid of the pet and, if you do, you get to stay. A second such notice within 6 months can simply throw you out with no right to cure by getting rid of the pet. All in all, you are probably best off just asking your friends to not bring their dogs over or, if they do, to leave them inside their vehicle while visiting you. Good luck.
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Telling you that she could give you a notice is not itself a notice. My guess is that the point your landlord wanted to get through to you is to not have dogs. But with no actual notice, you're in no risk of losing your place. As Mr. Abbott stated, even if she did give you a notice, all you'd have to do is get rid of the dogs within 10 days, which it sounds like you've already done. Continue to abide by your lease, including the policy on pets, and things will go fine.
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