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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 3 weeks ago

Moved into house room smell strong of pee from previous tenants dog. Owners did nothing Are landlords responsible to correct that? ?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Yes but they are notoriously bums and this kinda stuff can be expected.

    I would Lysol the place

  • 3 weeks ago

    He would have been responsible, but you accepted the room and moved in. You can still and should inform him of the problem and negotiate what will be done about it. It should be treated with natural enzymes. If it was cleaned with any type of cleaner, then it is too late and the stench and stain may never come out. Usually, cleaners/detergents render enzymes useless. If he will deal with it, let him. If the stench continues, have it professionally cleaned yourself. Perhaps, this landlord does not do it between tenants. Find out - ask.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
  • 3 weeks ago

    You really should've held off moving in until the problem was fixed but to late now.  I'd ask the landlords to have the carpet steam cleaned and see if that doesn't help the problem.  However, they probably already did this once so its not clear how much good that will do or if they'll even do it, but no harm in asking.

  • R P
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Well, yes, the landlord should have the carpets deep cleaned ... but you should have noticed the smell when you looked at the place prior to filling out an application and/or signing a lease. So now the best thing you can do is include the info on your Move-In Checklist and send a written request that the landlord have the carpet cleaned.

    Keep in mind that even if the landlord does have the carpet cleaned, most likely the odor will come back since the urine has seeped into the padding. When you signed the lease, you accepted the unit in its current condition, so the landlord is under no legal obligation to replace the carpet & pad.

    **If you did not sign a fixed term lease or are on a month to month rental agreement, you can give proper written notice to vacate and move without any financial penalties. But you will owe rent through the notice period.

    Source(s): Florida landlord
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  • 3 weeks ago

    The landlords should have cleaned the property prior to moving in.

    As this was an issue prior to move-in, you need to report it to the landlord (IN WRITING) and ask them to arrange suitable cleaning.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Did this matter not arise when you carried out your inspection prior to moving in? You could ask the landlord to visit and discuss the matter. But there is no compulsion for him to do anything as it was incumbent upon you to be satisfied with the place in advance.

    • Ding Dong
      Lv 5
      3 weeks agoReport

      You don't sniff the floor on inspection, they will whizz an air freshener around before the inspection. Get a life, Barry.

  • 3 weeks ago

    I think the landlord is responsible but no one seems to be able to make landlords do anything, they get away with much worse than that.

  • Sky
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    That blacklight seems to be revealing a stain of dog spooge, not dog pee.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Yeah. Advise your landlord on the smell. Urine from dogs and cats is a tough smell to get out of carpets and generally require specialized cleaning products designed specifically for killing the ammonia. In the meantime, you can reduce the odor rather drastically by using a mixture of 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar and giving spots like that a good soaking.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Yes they are. You have nice shoes.

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