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Tenant Responsibility for Animals

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Animal liability is complicated but the ultimate liability is on the owner of the animal. Whether there is additional liability on anybody else depends on the circumstances.

 

Why does a tenant even have access to the animal in the first place?

 

You can study up on Tennessee dog bite law (if it's a dog you are referring to) at:

 

https://dogbitelaw.com/mixed-dog-bite-statute-states/tennessee-dog-bite-law

 

If it's another type of animal, please say so and provide additional details.

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31 minutes ago, johndoe_5359 said:

 

If a tenant lets loose one of the landlord's animals, and the animal goes onto a neighbors property and destroys property, who is responsible? the tenant? the landlord?

 

 

That depends on the relevant facts and circumstances (something that someone who has posted here over 200 times in the past really ought to know).  I could invent facts under which the tenant is responsible or the landlord is responsible or both or neither.  What sort of animal are we talking about?  A chihuahua?  A lion?  What are the circumstances of the animal entering onto the neighbor's property and destroying property?  Did a dog dig up some flower beds? Did an elephant sit on a car? Did a giraffe chew up the neighbor's roof shingles? Did a shark destroy a neighbor's boat?  How was it that the tenant had the ability to "let[] loose one of the landlord's animals"?  Most landlords don't keep their animals on property rented by tenants.

 

 

36 minutes ago, johndoe_5359 said:

if the tenant  releases the animal as an act of mischief?

 

This obviously isn't a complete sentence, but doing something like this "as an act of mischief" would obviously suggest that the tenant has liability, but the landlord might also have liability depending on the relevant facts and circumstances.

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The animal is a pig.  The tenant feeds the pig.  The pig's owner is the landlord and the tenant's girlfriend.  The pig goes into the neighbors' yard as they are moving into their residence.  The pig destroys a drone and sundry other personal items in boxes outside the house.

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59 minutes ago, johndoe_5359 said:

The pig goes into the neighbors' yard as they are moving into their residence.  The pig destroys a drone and sundry other personal items in boxes outside the house.

 

Sounds like a simple matter of the pig's owner failing to control his animal.  Absent additional facts, it's reasonable to assume the landlord/pig owner would be liable and that the landlord's girlfriend would have no liability.

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Is the ultimate responsibility on the owner of the animal or land for the landlord owns the animal and land with other co-owners who do not own the animal but the land?  can the landlord who owns the animal inspect the damaged property and take pictures?            

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1 hour ago, johndoe_5359 said:

Is the ultimate responsibility on the owner of the animal or land for the landlord owns the animal and land with other co-owners who do not own the animal but the land?

 

Given the facts stated, my conclusion that the landlord/pig owner would be liable is based on his ownership of the pig, not his ownership of the land.

 

 

1 hour ago, johndoe_5359 said:

can the landlord who owns the animal inspect the damaged property and take pictures?

 

I don't know what abilities this hypothetical person has, but it certainly would be reasonable for the pig owner to request that the neighbor allow inspection and photographing of the damaged property.

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