Tenants: Things you should know
Posted at July 26, 2019

Pets: neighborhood troubles!

Pets: neighborhood troubles!


As charming as they are, our pets also have moods. When left alone, they scratch the seats and bark and cry to the point of breaking your heart. Those who are not taken out enough relieve themselves on the stairs or in the elevator, just before reaching the outdoors. Nuisances like incessant barking, constant meowing, animal feces or urine in building common areas, owner not picking up after their animal outside the building, extreme pet odors... led the courts to take these damages into consideration, and to legislate on "abnormal neighborhood disturbances".

Abnormal neighborhood disorder incurring the responsibility of the author's owner do exist! When the inconvenience exceeds normal neighborhood annoyances, it is time to take action.

Therefore, anyone annoyed by pet’s behavior can ask for justice. But before getting to that extent, try to find an amicable solution by following these three tips:

Knock on your neighbor's door:


Your neighbor may not be aware of the discomfort his pet is causing you. Explain what you hear or see. Tell the pet’s owner at what time you hear the animal, explain the difficulties that it causes you to sleep, work, write ... Stay friendly.

Send a letter:


If the pet’s owner does nothing to stop the disorder, in spite of your kind complaint and warning, send him a simple mail asking him to stop the abnormal disturbances of his animal. If you get no answer, send a letter registered giving them warning to stop these annoying actions, or else you will use legal means.

Contact the conciliator of the town hall:


If in spite of your letter, you do not obtain any noticeable change, then contact a conciliator located in the town hall of your municipality.

If all this fails, you can also turn on the landlord of the apartment:


If all your actions failed to get results, you have the option to turn to the landlord of the apartment: failing agreement, only a judicial remedy will obtain the cessation of nuisance.
Yet, your efforts for an amicable solution, your prior notice before bringing the case for legal action will weigh in the decision of the judge.
You must decide where to turn your appeal: is it to the tenant, the pet's master? Is it to the owner of the apartment let to the pet’s owner?
The law provides that a tenant causing neighborhood disturbances may have his lease terminated by the landlord.

If you act against the landlord, and he is convicted, then the latter will in turn exercise a claim against his tenant, since he has breached his obligations and duty to respect peaceful tenancy.

credit photo @Katja Bayer

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