FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 10, 2017) – On Monday, the Kentucky State Senate gave final passage to legislation that will reverse a Supreme Court opinion which wrongfully punishes landlords for the responsibilities of their tenants. House Bill 112 changes the definition of a dog owner, in order to protect a landlord from the actions of a dog that does not belong to them, but to their tenant.
This legislation was needed in response to a 2012 Kentucky Supreme Court decision which for the first time held a landlord liable for the actions of their tenant’s pets. The measure was championed by Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington.
“This is an issue that has needed to be corrected for a long time,” said Rep. Stan Lee. “In 2012, our Supreme Court took action that many believed was improper from the beginning, in holding landlords liable for events in which they had no control over. I am pleased to see this legislation pass both chambers in a bipartisan manner.”
This legislation will amend the current statue and return the law to its original form.
HB 112 passed the Senate overwhelmingly, and will now head to the Governor’s desk for his signature.