Virginia  |  Landlord & Tenant Law

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Asked on: 10/03/07, 9:34 am

Pets on Rental Property

I own a single family home in virginia. I just rented it out to a couple who told me that they had pets. In the lease I allow one dog only. After they moved in, I saw that they have four pit pulls in a kennel in the back yard. I would prefer not to evict them due to the hassle of that process. Can I be held liable if their dogs are aggressive? I am afraid that if I make them get rid of three of the dogs, then they might not take care of my house! Should I just let the dogs stay as long as they remain in the kennel? They told me that the dogs stay in the kennels all the time. I was very specific about not allowing them in the house for obvious reasons. (I have wood floors and they would be destroyed) Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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