Pets in rented apartments: ban averted for the time being

Take a deep breath for all tenants who own pets or want to own them soon: The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe ruled that a blanket ban on dogs and cats in rented apartments is not permissible.


There could only be one right decision, but the actually absurd procedure for a blanket ban on dogs and cats in rented apartments was still exciting. The reason for the negotiations at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe was a small half-breed in Gelsenkirchen. A district court had ruled in favor of keeping the animal in a rented apartment. The scandal of this first judgment: The dog belongs to a ten-year-old boy who suffers from a mental disorder. Separating from your beloved four-legged friend could even have health consequences. Therefore, the courageous mother dared to go to the Federal Court of Justice.

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The new hearing was not just about this individual case, but about a fundamental decision as to whether dogs and cats can generally be banned by the landlord by means of a corresponding entry in the rental agreement. An absolute absurdity on the part of the landlord, by the way. Fortunately, such a blanket ban on dogs and cats is not allowed, as the Federal Court of Justice has now announced, since such an entry in the contract disadvantages the tenant. However, the ineffectiveness of the general ban is subject to restrictions: Without any consideration for the other tenants or the landlord, keeping animals is not permitted and must be reconsidered in individual cases.

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