Am I responsible for my renter's dog if it bites someone?
I own a home, completely paid for. I am about to rent it out to a lady who owns an outside dog. He has a long chain to reach the many shade trees I have out back. There's a lot of land with my home. He also has a dog house. The problem is, that this dog is mean and will bite anyone he doesn't know. The owner of the dog failed to tell me this before I told her to go ahead and move the dog on my property before she gets moved in. I am worried that I may be responsible for the dog if he bites someone, or causes a wreck on the highway if he would happen to break the chain. I do not own this dog.
I think you have something very real to be worried about, here, and I'd suggest that you talk to a lawyer about this in more detail. Exactly what you know about this dog, and how you know it, and how that was concealed from you, makes a very big difference in what you might be able to do about this.
Whether or not you could be held liable for the dog's actions can be difficult to work through, sometimes, because the owner of land is said to have a "non-delegable" duty to take reasonable care for safety. However, that's usually limited to conditions of the land itself, or of buildings; still, it isn't impossible for you to be held liable here. I think that's much less likely in a case of the dog leaving the property and causing an accident on the street; that would have less to do with the premises and more to do with the dog owner's negligence.