|Barked: Thu Nov 10, '11 5:15pm PST |
|If I were you, I would write the landlord a letter explaining the situation, outline as follows, and send it a few days before the work on the house will begin:
1) You failed to tell him that you got a dog, and you are sorry for breaching your agreement and damaging his trust. (Don't make excuses about never seeing him, as excuses will just make you look bad.)
2) However, the dog is very well-behaved and has not caused any damage, and he is free to have a look around the property to verify this when he comes to do work on the house.
3) Even though the dog is very well behaved, you have purchased renter's insurance with bite liability insurance for the dog to limit any possible liability as a result of dog ownership. (Do this now, if you haven't already.)
4) If there are carpets, you are willing to pay a non-refundable deposit that will cover carpet steam cleaning when you have moved out.
5) You really love living in this property, have enjoyed a good tenant-landlord relationship so far. Sorry again for possibly damaging that trust, and hope to be able to work out an agreement so that you may continue to live there with the dog.
But, start pricing other options in case you do get evicted. Good luck!
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