Regardless of whether the dog belongs to you, yes they can. However, if it wasn't in your lease when you signed it and moved in, they cannot legally change the existing lease, they can only add it onto the new lease should you renew it in March, if you stay. Since you are planning to move, I would not pay it for the remaining time you will be there. All they can do is try to bill you for it retroactively after you move, and if they do, you will be in the right legally. Just make sure you keep your copy of the old lease, because you may have to go to court to fight it if they sue you. It's a pain, but you have the law on your side. If you need more advice, try contacting a legal clinic. They are usually free and they can get you specific info on your state's lendlord/tenant laws.
experience with landlord violating tenancy laws
· 1 decade ago