Q: My landlord is telling me that I’m responsible for another tenant’s animal because I have a dog too. Is that legal?
My landlord messaged me stating that I am responsible for the other tenants dog because I’m the only other tenant that has a dog, that I am responsible to reach out to this tenant and set up a time for us to clean up the entire yard. However, I always clean up after my emotional support dog and I don’t feel as though I should be held responsible for the other tenants actions if they decided to not clean up after their own dog. I don’t believe I should be held responsible for the other tenants dog at all. I don’t even know the tenant. I don’t believe it should be my responsibility to reach out to that tenant to clean up the yard either. Should I get a lawyer? Is this discrimination? What are the laws in place to protect a tenant from being accused of another tenants actions and responsibilities? Can my landlord legally make me take responsibility for the other tenants actions? How can I protect myself from my landlords harassment over this situation?
A: You are only responsible for your own dog. Period.
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