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Can I Get Evicted Because of My Dog?

I Need Your Help . . . Is My Dog Grounds For Eviction?

This question was posed anonymously in our Pet Peeves group:

I recently moved into a new apartment and the tenant below me has complained that she can hear my dog walking around. His nails have been cut and he weighs 14 pounds. She had also complained that she can hear me walking in the past (although I don't wear shoes indoors) and I'm worried that this will be grounds for eviction. We have hardwood floors of which 80% are covered with rugs or furniture per our lease agreement. I can't figure out how to make this situation better so she leaves me alone. I'd understand if my dog was barking or something like that but it isn't the case. He is crated during the day so this complaint only comes from when I am home. Do you think I could get kicked out over this? Can anyone help me please?!

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spottsmom spottsmom 6 years
I think sadly you just got placed over a nit picker. I have two in my building who i chat with now and then and they complain about the dumbest things The woman above them was vacuuming her rug at 9PM and she complained. Believe me in majority of cases like this the landlord already knows just how these people are and so heir complaints unless others back them up are usually just basically taken with a grain of salt. If you are abiding by your lease and your dog is allowed i would not worry about it at all. If you do get in any trouble in majority of the cases the landlord will usually send you a warning letter to bring it to your attention first before going through filing in court etc. So relax until and that is a big until as again I doubt it will happen but if you do get a letter just contact the landlord and tell them you can not help but walk in your apartment and neither can your dog and you are sorry if it bothers her but there is nothing more you can do to fix it. You have a right to enjoy your home. as does she BUT there is a line that some just seem to cross. Believe me i seriously doubt you have a worry just keep the dog on leash always scoop poop and limit barking and you will be fine
vabeachbum vabeachbum 6 years
I had this exact same problem in my grad school apartment. The guy below me complained CONSTANTLY that myself and my dog were making too much noise by walking around. If the apartment complex knows that you have the dog and he does not violate any weight restrictions (which at 14 lbs he doesn't) then there is really nothing she can do. If you want to smooth things over I would go to her and say "I know you think it's really noisy here. Let's go talk to the landlord together and see if there's anything they can do." They might be able to add some soundproofing to her apartment to cut the noise down. That's what they did in my case. Just don't let it turn into harrassment. I was physically threatened on several occasions by the guy that lived below me and it got to the point that the police were called. All because the stupid jerk did not understand that an apartment is not a house... you are going to have to put up with some noise sometimes.
Ellenora Ellenora 6 years
If you are following your end of the lease, then no, you will not be evicted. You should talk to you landlord about it though.
MandyWH MandyWH 6 years
It sounds to me like you're doing everything you can to be a respectful neighbor; I don't think the problem is on your end! If you're allowed to have pets in your apartment (which I'm assuming you are), and you've put down rugs and taken off shoes inside (which you said you did), there's no way you could be evicted, or really even reprimanded, for your noise. People and pets make noise, and have to walk, and breathe, and yes, sometimes even run around and play! Maybe your neighbor needs to move out of an apartment and into a house.
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