EVICTING FOR UNAUTHORIZED PETS
To evict a tenant for failure to remove an unauthorized pet or pets, you first need to have served a proper Seven Day Notice of Non Compliance with Opportunity to Cure.
In order to serve a Seven Day Notice to Terminate, you must be absolutely certain that you can prove to a judge that the tenant has not removed the unauthorized pet AND that the pet was not “authorized” by you or prior management’s failure to act quickly. If the pet has been on the premises for some time with your knowledge or the knowledge of maintenance personnel, employees or prior management and/or you have accepted rent with this knowledge, you will not be successful evicting as you have “authorized” the pet by failing to act. This is due to the legal principle of Waiver and Estoppel.
SOME PROOF THAT IS NECESSARY PRIOR TO TERMINATING THE TENANT FOR FAILURE TO REMOVE AN UNAUTHORIZED PET
1. Photos of pet AFTER the Seven Day Notice of Noncompliance with Opportunity to Cure has expired.
2. Verbal or written admission by the tenant(s) that they have an unauthorized pet.
3. Employees of the apartment community or pest control who will testify in court that they saw the pet AFTER the Seven Day Notice of Noncompliance with opportunity to cure expired.
4. Dates and time the pet was seen on the premises AFTER the Seven Day Notice of Noncompliance with opportunity to cure expired.
5. Tape recording and/or video recording of the pet and the pet barking, if a dog pet AFTER the Seven Day Notice of Noncompliance with opportunity to cure expired.
6. Photos of pet bowls, litter pan and pet taken AFTER the Seven Day Notice of Noncompliance with Opportunity to Cure has expired.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A STRONG CASE AND THE TENANT HAS A DEFENSE. YOU WILL LOSE. EXPECT THE TENANT TO DENY THAT THE PET IS LIVING ON THE PREMISES.
REMEMBER THE JUDGE WILL NEED TO BE CONVINCED THAT THE PET LIVES THERE AND DID NOT JUST VISIT.
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- THE CURABLE NONCOMPLIANCE EXAMINED PART 2
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- THE WRIT OF POSSESSION AND THE FULL UNIT
- WORK ORDER COMPANY POLICY AND THE LAW