Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee

Q: If I own a home but don't own the property can the property owners make me get rid of a dog?

My wife and I recently bought a home on her grandparents property. Shortly after moving in we purchased two puppies, but now my wife's grandparents are telling us to get rid of the puppies because her grandfather is afraid of big dogs. Are they allowed to do this?

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A: If you do not own the land, then you do not own the property. You are a tenant of some type, and that building/mobile home is personal property. Owners can file a Detainer Warrant (for virtually any reason) and run you off, such that you probably abandon the home. You have to keep the landlord happy.

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