Spring, TX asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: California Association of Realtors Pet Addendum liability insurance

My Landlord is a very nice lady but she wants me to sign a California Association of Realtors Pet Addendum where I would have to cover any damages made by my dog. My worry is that every little scratch on the wood floors or issue will be blamed on my pet and I will be liable for thousands or tens of thousands of dollars of damage. How can I protect myself?

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Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Mill Valley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Assuming this is a new tenancy, you should document the condition of the place when you first take possession. Photos, video and a written inspection signed by landlord and tenant all are helpful. Do the same when the tenancy ends. Whether you sign the addendum or not, you are responsible for damages (beyond ordinary wear and tear) caused by you or your pet. You should also look into renter's insurance.

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