Fort Myers, FL asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: I need legal advice pertaining to a rental property that my father owns.

Tenants of only two months have a dog that is a Pitbulll mix and the park supervisor is now, after initially agreeing to having the dog at the park, demanding my father make the tenants move out of said property. The park contract states that Pitbulls are not allowed, but the park supervisor personally said yes to allowing the dog to stay in the park; there are two witnesses that can attest to the fact. I would just like to know what his options are, this is costing my father great tenants and a good source of income. Thanks.

1 Lawyer Answer
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: First of all, it does not matter whether this policy is "costing you father great tenants and a good source of income."

Secondly, whatever the park supervisor said is not relevant; nor is what they said controlling because whatever they said it is not in writing. The landlord's policy is in writing and thus is a part of the written lease agreement.

Finally, the LANDLORD who owns the park has created a written policy that says pit-bulls are not allowed anywhere in HIS park; so that is the end of the story.

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