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RONB-ESQ, Attorney
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Cat issue. In my room ad (I reside in the house here in Los

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Cat issue. In my room for rent ad (I reside in the house here in Los Angeles) and there's just me and the renter living here. I said cat is allowed. Months later, the renter asked me if she can have a cat. I said no. She said she already committed to adopting
a cat. I said fine just be clean (i.e. wash dish, clean litter, etc) The renter is very unclean. From that point on, I never saw the cat and never heard a cat but I heard the jumping, etc when she's not home. One day, I knocked at her door because the jumping
noise was getting too much. She told me she didn't have a cat and didn't believe her. I was very concerned about her having a cat because my ad said cat ok. I was very concern that the cat might have gone out and got eaten by the coyotes (my house is next
to a big park (Debs Park). The renter's room is in the back of the house with patio and garden and it's safe and privateto leave door open and she does almost at 100% when she's home day or night. She wants me to apologize for calling her a liar. She send
me a text message asking me if she can have a cat and I said no. Why did she have to ask if she already knew it's ok. Is she setting me up? Can I get in trouble for saying for no when the ad said yes. We don't have any least agreement just what is said in
the ad. I also said no because she said she was broke and I told her, having a cat will money (i.e. food, flea med, litter box refill). HELP.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  RONB-ESQ replied 1 year ago.

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I couldn't answer as to why she asked it might be that since she moved in without a cat then she thought she should confirm it? It seems odd that she would ask, but then say she already adopted a cat? The craigs list really just amounts to an offer, but not a contract or lease so I don't see how you could be legally bound to that in anyway. If you had her sign an agreement that allowed for a cat and then refused then she could potentially sue you for breach of the lease agreement. In this case I don't see that you have any liability.

To verify you could provide her notice of 24-48 hr notice of your intent to enter her room and then inspect the room to confirm there is no cat or litter box, etc.

Does that help answer where you stand with this issue?

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Expert:  RONB-ESQ replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  RONB-ESQ replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

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Regards, Ron