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Yard Drainage (by Will [KY]) Apr 5, 2008 9:16 AM
       Yard Drainage (by AJC [NH]) Apr 5, 2008 9:29 AM
       Yard Drainage (by Andrew , Canada [ON]) Apr 5, 2008 9:46 AM
       Yard Drainage (by Will [KY]) Apr 5, 2008 11:07 AM
       Yard Drainage (by Lynx [GA]) Apr 5, 2008 11:23 AM
       Yard Drainage (by AllyM [NJ]) Apr 5, 2008 12:39 PM
       Yard Drainage (by Ray78 [VA]) Apr 5, 2008 1:22 PM
       Yard Drainage (by Gulf [FL]) Apr 5, 2008 5:57 PM
       Yard Drainage (by Will [KY]) Apr 7, 2008 3:30 PM

Yard Drainage (by Will [KY]) Posted on: Apr 5, 2008 9:16 AM

State Specific Question About: KENTUCKY (KY)

I rent out a house and allowed the tenants to have a dog. The backyard has always had a little standing water during heavy rains but would drain after a day or two. The water does not pose any threat to the house and is away from the foundation. The problem has gotten worse and I now they want the drainage issue fixed. After seeing the yard and water it looks like much of the increase in standing water is caused from wear and tear on the yard by the dog. How would you handle this and would it be inappropriate to ask them to help pay to fix the drainage issue? --74.140.xxx.xxx

Yard Drainage (by AJC [NH]) Posted on: Apr 5, 2008 9:29 AM

Can a dog change the drainage pattern of your yard? How long has the dog been in the yard? --207.190.xxx.xxx

Yard Drainage (by Andrew , Canada [ON]) Posted on: Apr 5, 2008 9:46 AM

Even if you do the work at your own cost, you must make it clear to them that any further diging by the dog will be their financial responsibility. --74.12.xx.xx

Yard Drainage (by Will [KY]) Posted on: Apr 5, 2008 11:07 AM

The dog has not changed the drainage pattern but has worn away grass allowing puddles of water to build up. --74.140.xxx.xxx

Yard Drainage (by Lynx [GA]) Posted on: Apr 5, 2008 11:23 AM

In my opinion, it would not be appropriate to ask them to pay for the drainage situation. This isn't "chargeable dog damage" in my view. You allowed them to have the dog. If you want it fixed now, fix it yourself. If it can be fixed between tenants, do so and do it in such a way that this is not a problem anymore. So I vote for "do-it-yourself." --24.131.xx.xxx

Yard Drainage (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 5, 2008 12:39 PM

The drainage issue was there and they knew it. The dog has created a muddy problem by killing the grass. Their actions have made the yard deteriorate so they should pay to have the grass put back. You could have a load of topsoil put in and then they could pay for the grass. In other words, split the repair. How's that. --76.99.xxx.xx

Yard Drainage (by Ray78 [VA]) Posted on: Apr 5, 2008 1:22 PM

No way you can charge. You knew they had a dog and this is normal.

Like normal wear and tear on a carpet. --72.82.xx.xxx

Yard Drainage (by Gulf [FL]) Posted on: Apr 5, 2008 5:57 PM

I take an entirely different approach.

They received the benefit of being able to rent a residence that allowed animals.

With that benefit, they are also expected to follow all local ordinances with respect to animals.

Additionally, it is the dog owners responsibility to ensure THEIR animal does not cause undue monetary damages to the LL.

In other words, if I allow a tenant to have an animal and then they think or demand I fix something caused by THEIR actions or THEIR dogs actions, I'd just laugh and say: It's on you.


Yard Drainage (by Will [KY]) Posted on: Apr 7, 2008 3:30 PM

Thanks for the advice everyone. --74.140.xxx.xxx

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