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Tenants dog barking (by John [CO]) Aug 18, 2008 6:00 AM
       Tenants dog barking (by Susan [CO]) Aug 18, 2008 6:22 AM
       Tenants dog barking (by billy button [MA]) Aug 18, 2008 7:24 AM
       Tenants dog barking (by Lori [NV]) Aug 18, 2008 7:51 AM
       Tenants dog barking (by BillS [CO]) Aug 18, 2008 8:34 AM
       Tenants dog barking (by Steve [FL]) Aug 18, 2008 9:15 AM
       Tenants dog barking (by Dejay [TX]) Aug 18, 2008 5:08 PM
       Tenants dog barking (by Bruce [MO]) Aug 18, 2008 5:38 PM
       Tenants dog barking (by Lynda [TX]) Aug 19, 2008 2:06 PM
       Tenants dog barking (by Jim in OC [CA]) Aug 20, 2008 12:17 AM

Tenants dog barking (by John [CO]) Posted on: Aug 18, 2008 6:00 AM

State Specific Question About: COLORADO (CO)

Hi. We have a rental home with relatively new tenants who have a dog. We are getting complaints from the neighbors that their dog is barking constantly (as in for hours straight). They apparently are leaving the back door open and letting the dog go in and out of the house while they are gone.

What are my options for dealing with this situation?

What is recommended in case it escalates to court actions?

I would love to hear input from others.


Colorado John --63.224.xx.xxx

Tenants dog barking (by Susan [CO]) Posted on: Aug 18, 2008 6:22 AM

Have the neighbors contact animal control and they will issue tickets. You should also issue a 3-day demand for compliance notice to make the rules of the lease clearer (I'm sure you have a clause that requires compliance with local laws/ordinances, right?). This step is one towards setting up the paperwork in case you need to remove the tenant from the property as well. I'd also be watching the property and conducting interior inspections. With the quantity of rain we had this past weekend, having a muddy dog go in and out of the house sounds like a problem ... and if the back door is left open, then how much moisture got inside. Visit the property and have a frank conversation with your new residents. --209.181.xx.xx

Tenants dog barking (by billy button [MA]) Posted on: Aug 18, 2008 7:24 AM

i dont accept dogs for that very reason.next u will be getting complaints that the dog is barking for hours at 3 am..a local bldg mgt accepts dogs but the tenant has to control it.if it bothers others repeatedly the tenant has to shut it up or get rid of it or leave. --208.58.x.xx

Tenants dog barking (by Lori [NV]) Posted on: Aug 18, 2008 7:51 AM

I do accept dogs in some of my rentals but the lease is spelled out quite clearly. And I give them a copy of the rules for having a dog. One clause states that if the animal disturbs the quiet enjoyment of other tenants and neighbors they will be required to get rid of the job or face eviciton. If you don't have such a clause, tell the neighbors to call animal control. --74.34.xx.xxx

Tenants dog barking (by BillS [CO]) Posted on: Aug 18, 2008 8:34 AM

After you have screened for these issues with the prospective tenants and let them in the house there is little you can do. First of all you neighbor may not like dogs or rentals and just be giving you the runaround. Best plan is to have them take it up with the authorities. If the authorities can not do something about it what can you do? Tell your neighbor that. If the authorities get involved then your lease should have something that would allow you to get them out. Just like tenants fueding stay out of it unless they voilate the lease. Then enforce.


Tenants dog barking (by Steve [FL]) Posted on: Aug 18, 2008 9:15 AM

We give a 7 day "notice to cure" here in FL. I've done a few with excellent results. If they can't get the dog quite, they need to leave. I have this among nearly every other pet issue covered in my pet addendum. --68.111.xxx.xx

Tenants dog barking (by Dejay [TX]) Posted on: Aug 18, 2008 5:08 PM

"They apparently are leaving the back door open and letting the dog go in and out of the house while they are gone"

this would be more of a concern to me then the barking dog. Not saying the barking dog is ok, but.... With the door wide open your home is subject to vandalism. Appliance theft, copper wire, etc. You have more at stake in the home then the tenants secondhand couch and rentacenter TV.


Tenants dog barking (by Bruce [MO]) Posted on: Aug 18, 2008 5:38 PM

Have the tenant buy a bark collar. When the animal barks it shocks him. They are adjustable so the animal does not get continuously shocked. --68.94.xx.xxx

Tenants dog barking (by Lynda [TX]) Posted on: Aug 19, 2008 2:06 PM

I agree w/Lori--disagree w/BillS. ALDO's rules: The LL is always in charge--the tenants is NOT. Lynda's correlary: The tenants are only in charge if you LET THEM!

Look at your lease. Do you have any para about noise or disturbances? Did you give them any dog rules? 1st broken rule-leaving your property unsecured! 2nd broken rule-not controlling their animal. 3rd broken rule allowing a disturbance to continue. If these are new tenants they are challenging you to see how weak you are. Get over there and personally review the situation. Then give them an ultimatum to cure the bad behavior(theirs--not the dogs). Give them a time limit. --140.140.xx.x

Tenants dog barking (by Jim in OC [CA]) Posted on: Aug 20, 2008 12:17 AM

I care about my tenants but I do everything possible to keep the neighbors of my property happy. The neighbors can be your best friend or your worst enemy. --72.25.xx.xx

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