Can a landlord say itsOK to let onetenant have a dog but not other tenants?

My landlord said that for him to buy the complex he had to let this guy keep his dog but he said that nobody else can have animals.

Asked on September 15, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Ohio


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

A landlord and his or her tenant can agree to whatever they wish to agree to in a written lease so long as it is not illegal under state or federal law and even if their agreement may be entirely different as to what is allowed between them and the landlord with a different tenant.

In your situation, if the lanlord has an agreement with one of his tenants where that particular tenant can have his dog at the unit but no other tenant can have a dog let alone animals, then that rule or agreement with all tenants is valid and enforceable.

If you want to have a pet at your apartment, you need to ask the landlord for such permission through a written addendum and if allowed, most likely you will have to pay an additional security deposit for the pet.

Good luck.

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