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My child was bitten by another tenant’s dog in the common area of our apartment building. Can the landlord be held responsible?

Based on previous New York court rulings, a landlord may be held liable for a tenant’s biting dog if the landlord knew about the dog and the landlord knew the dog had vicious propensities.

Note that the landlord must have “actual” knowledge of these conditions. It’s not enough to claim that a landlord “should have known” about the presence of the dog and its vicious tendencies.

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