Melrose, MA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts

Q: I wanted to know if the landlord doesnt allow dogs but you get a letter can they still not allow the dog

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Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Answered
  • San Jose, CA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: Who is the letter from? The landlord has the right to allow or disallow dogs on his/ her property, assuming it's not a specially licensed dog for a disabled person. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

Paul D. Lambert
Paul D. Lambert
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • North Andover, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: Unless you either lived in the property and owned a dog PRIOR to the Landlord purchasing OR have a Certified Service Animal, then the Landlord can deny your having a dog on/in the property.

AND, even if you had a dog prior to the Landlord purchasing the property, unless there is a written Lease allowing you to have a dog; then the Landlord can give you a periodic (usually 30 day) notice that there will no longer be dogs allowed in the property.

It's very sad; but unfortunately true.

If you have a disability and a properly vetted/trained service dog; then you should consult with an attorney to see about protecting your rights.

I am a Massachusetts Licensed Attorney and my response is based upon Massachusetts Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

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