Landlords & Community Associations BEWARE: Pit Bull Decision Stands

September 6, 2012

The Maryland Court of Appeals upheld its decision in Tracey v. Solesky making landlords and community associations strictly liable for injuries caused by pure bred pit bulls while on land they own, which would include all areas of an apartment complex and common areas and elements of a condominium. 

The court reconsidered its previous decision and upheld the strict liability standard with respect to owning, harboring or control of pit bulls but limited this liability to only pure bred pit bulls and not cross-bred pit bulls. Unfortunately, the decision is not crystal clear as pit bulls are not a specific breed of dog. Nonetheless, this change to common law could mean greater liability for landlords and community associations, all of whom should take steps to prevent injuries and liability from pit bulls on their property.


If you would like assistance assessing your liability and/or taking protective action, please contact us:

Brian D. Bichy at 301-961-5253 or

Renee Finley at 301-961-5138 or

Judyann Lee at 301-961-5234 or

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