Tenants renting from landlords are expected to abide by certain rules outlined in the contracts that have been signed.
But what happens when one of the rules is broken for what tenants consider to be a valid and ethical reason?
Redditor Puzzleheaded_Rip_297 is a 30-year-old male who was upset after his tenants violated a major property rule.
After taking action against the tenants, he visited the “Am I the A**hole?” (AITA) subReddit and asked:
“AITA for evicting a neighbour because they bought a dog.”
The Original Poster (OP) wrote:
“So I’m 30 Male and I own a house near the city. It’s a pretty good area but I have a strict caveat of no dogs.”
“Dogs aren’t worth the problem as a landlord and I have plenty of tenants who were willing not to have a dog.”
“They secretly got a dog. The dog is from a shelter and while not all dogs are, some are harder to maintain and it is a dog with a lot of fur.”
“I told them to get rid of the dog or they were gone. They argued that there was a good yard and it was fenced and I would be helping save a dog.”
“I honestly didn’t care because I made it clear at the very beginning and had it in writing. A week passed and the dog was still there.”
“I got my lawyer to send them an eviction notice immediately. They were really upset and pleaded for me not to kick them out.”
“I bought this house 3 years ago and rented it to them pretty quick for a fair bit under market rate as I always believed having good tenants was worth a little bit of money.”
“Now prices in the area have gone up by over 2k and they can’t afford to live here. Their children will most likely be pulled out of a good school and they would be losing their neighbourhood connections.”
“The mother called me an AH for uprooting their lives because ‘they saved a life’. I’ve already found other tenants who are willing to pay market rate and are meet my requirements. AITA?”
Strangers on the internet were asked to declare one of the following:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
- NAH – No A**holes Here
Most Redditors had little sympathy for the departing tenants.
“NTA. You had it in writing and you even gave them a warning. They are knowingly defying your legal contract. Theyve now become bad tenants.”
“You can get better tenants and a better price. Watch that they don’t destroy your property on their way out though.” – RevolutionarySea15
“NTA – You had grounds to evict when you discovered the dog, but gave them a second chance – THEY chose the dog over their kid’s education, not you.” – HowardProject
“Exactly this. These are grown adults who are fully aware of the implications that come with violating a lease agreement. They did this to themselves, especially since they were given a second chance by OP.” – Cool_Foundation_5319