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Paulozzi LPA

600 East Granger Road, Suite 200
Brooklyn Heights
21380 Lorain Road, Suite 202A
Fairview Park
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1655 West Market Street, Suite 445B
1093 Fishinger Road, Suite 2
Feb 14th, 2018
Joseph Paulozzi

If a dog bites you, against whom can you bring a claim? The owner of the dog is an obvious choice, but many tenants do not have renter’s insurance.

Landlords can be held liable for dog bites/injuries under limited circumstances. By statute (R.C. 955.28), the “harborer” of a dog is liable. In the landlord-tenant context, a landlord is only liable if the dog injures someone in a “common area” controlled by the landlord. This means the dog must injure someone in a shared exterior area or a hallway. Frequently, dogs are allowed into yards or escape out the door and injure people. In these circumstances, the statute has often been applied. Typically, single-family homes do not have common areas. In contrast, duplexes do have common areas.

As an alternative to the statute, there is also common law liability if a landlord knows of the dangerous propensities or history of the dog and still allows the tenant to keep the dog. Approximately one-third of all homeowners’ claims involve dog bites/injuries. Contact us if you or a loved one have been bitten or injured by a dog.

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