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Our tenant called today to say that I had a notice to appear

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Our tenant called today to say that I had a notice to appear from the local court. Code enforcement gave them two notices to put a lid on the trash can. The third time was the misdemeanor and notice of appearance/arraignment for me. It really seems silly that it is this serious. Can I be held responsible for this?
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking.

If you are not residing in the same property, the court is not in most all cases going to find you guilty of a criminal misdemeanor for this, especially if you argue you make periodic checks of the property to try to prevent such violations. However, the landowner is responsible for code violations on their property and the tenant violating the codes is grounds for you to evict the tenant from the premises and also to charge the tenant for any costs you incur from your tenant's violations.




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