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Eviction due to my Service dogs Eviction Defense

Discussion in 'Eviction, Recovery of Premises' started by Nancy T. RN, Oct 6, 2021.

  1. Nancy T. RN

    Nancy T. RN Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I live in a mobile home, of which we own, but we pay rent for the land. Our manager has given us an eviction notice because I have 2 dogs, of whom are service dogs. The only thing that we do that they object to is that, since I am disabled and cannot physically walk them, I let them outside on a lead. The mess is cleaned up daily as well as my bringing them in as soon as they are done or start barking.

    We do not have a lease at this time. This park has changed ownership 3 times in the past 6 years. They do state that letting dogs out on a lead is against the lease agreement, but is there any exception for service dogs owned by a disabled person?

    In addition, we had been harassed numerous times by our neighbors, who called the animal control department. All of the claims were unfounded, except for not having a dog house, so we had to buy one. Now the management is insisting that we have to get rid of the dog house as well, which of course will get us in trouble with animal control again.
     
  2. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Assuming they are truly service dogs you already got the exception by being allowed to own them.

    You still have to abide by your contractual obligations.

    Familiarize yourself with federal and TN service dog law:

    tennessee law on service dogs at DuckDuckGo

    federal law on service dogs at DuckDuckGo

    See if there is anything helpful there.
     
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    Nancy T. RN Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Thank you for your advice and the links. I will definitely
     
  4. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    Why don't you hire a local kid to walk the dogs a couple of times per day?
     
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    If you don't have a lease at this time then what lease says that you can't let the dogs out on a lead? What does your last lease say?
     
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    I'm sure the mobile home park has rules regarding pets and what is allowed and what is not. If you don't already have a copy of the rules, request one and read it. If you're following the rules, you shouldn't be having issues. Are these dogs emotional support dogs or do they actually perform a service for you?
     
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