What to do if my subletter moved in with her 8 year old dog, whom I was assured was well trained and house-broken?

For the last 6 months, the dog has regularly urinated and defecated in the kitchen of my home, often left uncleaned for hours for me to discover when returning from work. There is no explicit condition in the lease regarding sanitary conditions, does the law give me the right to break the sublease based on the unsanitary conditions I’ve been forced to live in?

Asked on January 8, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Maryland


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I would have a face to face meeting with the tenant about the situation in order to document the damages to the unit and discuss that you are inclined to terminate the lease based upon the "waste" of the premises caused by the animal. If you cannot get assurances that the damages will be repaired and future damages will end, then you should serve the tenant with a thirty (30) day notice the tenant's lease and be ready for an eviction action.

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