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LANDLORD LIABILITY: Appellate Court holds that landlord is not responsible for off-site injuries caused by tenant’s dog

LANDLORD LIABILITY: Appellate Court Holds That Landlord Is Not Responsible For Off-site Injuries Caused By Tenant’s Dog

Although the lease in question disallowed tenants from having pets, the landlord was aware that one particular tenant had a mixed breed pit bull in her apartment. The landlord also became aware that the dog attacked another tenant’s visiting granddaughter. Approximately one month later, the dog escaped, ran down the block and struck and bit the plaintiff.

The Appellate Court holds that a landlord aware of dangerous propensities of a dog being kept by a tenant on the landlord’s property is not liable for injuries sustained by a non-tenant bitten by the dog beyond the boundaries of the landlord’s property.

Charles v. Titchell, AC 36461 (June 23, 2015)

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