Pets in rental apartments: ban averted for now

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


There could only be one right decision, but the actually absurd procedure to ban dogs and cats in rental apartments was exciting. The reason for the negotiations at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe was a small mongrel in Gelsenkirchen. A district court had decided to ban the animal from being kept in a rented apartment. The scandal of this first verdict: the dog belongs to a ten-year-old boy who suffers from a mental disorder. The separation from his beloved four-legged friend could even have health consequences. Therefore, the brave mother dared to go to the Federal Court of Justice.

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The new negotiation 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 making 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 announced now, since such an entry in the contract puts the tenant at a disadvantage. However, the ineffectiveness of the general prohibition is subject to restrictions: without any consideration for the other tenants or the landlord, animal husbandry is not permitted and in individual cases a new consideration must be made.