Consequences for Violation of a Commercial Tenant’s Dog Policy
Once commercial landlords have agreed with a tenant that dogs are permitted in the leased premises, during the lease negotiations, the commercial landlord will need to carefully review tenant’s dog policy. Landlord will also need to consider what the consequences will be if there is a violation of such dog policy or other problems arising from dogs in the office project.
Commercial landlords may wish to have a variety of solutions for any such violations
Actions Which May Be Taken
1. MONETARY FINES
Some have a monetary fine system – for each violation (e.g., an “elimination” accident), a fine would be assessed against the tenant.
2. BAN SPECIFIC DOGS
If a specific dog is a problem, then landlord could reserve the right to ban that specific dog from the office project.
3. SHORT-TERM BAN
If the tenant cannot seem to get their act together and there has been barking or other chronic irritations, landlord could consider reserving the right to institute a temporary ban on all dogs in the leased premises.
4. ABSOLUTE BAN
Others have a three strikes and you’re out policy; so if the dog policy is violated three times in a six-month period, then tenant forfeits its right to have dogs in the leased premises forever.
5. RIGHT TO HAVE DOGS IS PERSONAL
Another thing commercial landlords should consider is making the right to have dogs in the premises “personal” to the named tenant. So if the lease is originally with High Tech Unicorn, Inc. and landlord really wants to make the deal and has agreed to dogs, if at some future date the lease is assigned or the premises are sublet, then the right to have dogs in the leased premises is voided. This helps landlord avoid the issue of a potentially unknown tenant entity having dogs in the premises.