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    Question Can a Landlord Change Her Mind About Allowing a Dog

    My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Suffolk County New York (Long Island)

    You really can't make this stuff up lol.

    I posted about a month ago about moving into a place, I had the lease the keys and paid 1st months' rent/security and the landlord changed the locks because as she stated "I didn't see any furniture in the new place". I'm was going to sue her in small claims as soon as I got settled in my new place which I found two weeks ago. I paid rent and security in the new place. I moved in Saturday the 17th, just FOUR days ago. All was good until yesterday the 20th. My landlord called me and said she wanted me out by Thursday! (THANKSGIVING!).

    Her reason? The landlord changed her mind about my dog. She KNEW about the dog all along that he is a pitbull mix. My friend is scared to death of pittbulls but she LOVES my dog. (as do others). My friend didn't even know he was a pittie until I told her. (He's more mix than pittie.. it's hard to tell).

    That said, the landlord showed up today and said I have to be out by friday and she's giving me back three weeks of rent money. I spoke to a lawyer and he said a few things. He said even if the landlord didn't know about the dog she can't throw me out. That she can't just throw me out and she has to give me 30 days. A cop said that I can't even claim squatter's rights because I've only been here a week. (wouldn't squatting start after the money rant out? Meaning if the landlord gave back three weeks of rent, squatting would start on day 8?). I know cops don't always know landlord tenant law and don't like to get involved so I'm asking for clarification on that info.

    I know some landlord/tenant law but this is a new/gray area for me. So I paid for a month of rent. Landlord changes mind a week in. Says she's giving my money back on Friday and I have to be out on Friday. Can I in fact be forcibly removed by police on Friday because I'm not considered a squatter (yet) or do i have to be legally evicted? Am I considered a squatter after Friday or no becaue I've only been here a week?

    My only guess is the landlord's homeowner's insurance company threatened to drop her becaue of the dog and that's why she "changed her mind".

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Default Re: You're Not Going to Believe This Landlord Changes Mind a Few Days After Moved In

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    She KNEW about the dog all along that he is a pitbull mix.
    Pitbulls are not a recognized breed by AKC, so all you have is a mutt-mix...or a mutt-mutt-mix..or..nevermind

    Also, it does no good to get advice on a lease contract if you do not share any details about it. Was there any provisions or restrictions of any animals? Was there a lease to begin with? You've had two people change their mind on you within a few days - very suspicious and leads me to believe there is more to the stories.

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    Default Re: You're Not Going to Believe This Landlord Changes Mind a Few Days After Moved In

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    Pitbull's are not a recognized breed by AKC, so all you have is a mutt-mix...or a mutt-mutt-mix..or..nevermind

    Also, it does no good to get advice on a lease contract if you do not share any details about it. Was there any provisions or restrictions of any animals? Was there a lease to begin with? You've had two people change their mind on you within a few days - very suspicious and leads me to believe there is more to the stories.
    Im so sorry, I totally forgot to say there is no lease. I thought about it but it takes me so long to write a post that I always forget something.

    I agree about the pit bulls. Not being recognized. Iíve heard that.

    The landlord did show up today and I called the cops just to have them her for a witness. She kept asking me info about my dog and I answered everything and provided proof of everything she asked for. She asked for tags, shot records, she even asked about the skin condition he has and wanted to know the name of the vet and if he wasnít taking meds she would ďget meĒ for animal neglect. I gave her the vet name and showed her the bottle of meds. She was speechless. So then she started tagging on the NY Bully Crew Lol.

    She said she was coming back Friday to change the locks. Which I know is illegal.
    If that happens then what? I can call the police tho thereís nothing they can do. Am I allowed to ďlet myself back inĒ? Iím legally allowed to be there.

    Iím already looking for another place obviously. I have no desire to stay where Iím not wanted.

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    Default Re: You're Not Going to Believe This Landlord Changes Mind a Few Days After Moved In

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    Im so sorry, I totally forgot to say there is no lease.
    Then the landlord can terminate the tenancy on one rental period's notice.
    Quote Quoting JustMe10628634
    She said she was coming back Friday to change the locks. Which I know is illegal.
    If that happens then what? I can call the police tho there’s nothing they can do. Am I allowed to “let myself back in”? I’m legally allowed to be there.
    If you are wrongfully evicted, you can see what the police will do for you. If they won't help, you can sue.

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    Default Re: You're Not Going to Believe This Landlord Changes Mind a Few Days After Moved In

    Pitbulls are often a liability. Some insurance will not cover damages they cause to another person. Or they charge higher rates. This might be the reason for her change in attitude.

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    Default Re: Can a Landlord Change Her Mind About Allowing a Dog

    Just thought I would update.
    I got an eviction notice last week. Court was today. I got a lawyer.
    Itís going to trial.
    No way is what she is doing and how she is doing it is right.
    I never even got a 30 day notice. It was simply ďmove out in two daysĒ lol.
    Iíll update.

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