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Any examples of reasonable pet policies for condo associations?

Posted on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 @ 07:16 AM
I see many posts about the pets (and/or condo boards dealing with pet problems) from hell. Can anyone offer an example of a policy or regulation that allows the pet owner reasonable freedom but sets firm limits protecting the association and other condo owners?



No dogs is the most reasonable possible policy. NONE EVER!

posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:29 AM by Brenda B exForest Hills

How about this one, Brenda?: All Dogs All the Time.  

One must be reasonable. Dogs on leashes at all times, quiet dogs, mess to be cleaned immediately by owner whether on or off property, perhaps size limitations, dogs carried while in elevators (maybe) 
one bite or nip and it's out.

posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:33 AM by Peter Spencer

Also make sure that, if you have decks, dogs are not allowed to urinate in them since they would be littering the condo below when the urine drips down. I am actually having this issue, but our HOA sees this as littering and we have fines set up for this.

posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:02 AM by Marie

Because of my doctor's recomendation,my dog is considered 
a service animal. Our condo assoc.dosen't allow pets which by law excludes service animals such as mine. That fact and a $1000.00 
returnable deposit for liability purposes is the way we got around the no pets rule in our master deed.

posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:50 AM by PJ Carney

In spite of a hefty city fine to discourage this dog owners continue to allow their dogs to poop freely on the grass without scooping it. You learn to dodge the landmines in the process. 
At least 99% of the people use leashes...we have one or two that just let their pets out on their own! Amazing way to treat those you supposedly love right?  
The city says they can't do anything about the poop issue unless someone sees "Jane from Unit D" specifically allowing her dog to poop and leaving it there-we must be willing to testify to that fact-or the city won't do anything. 

posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:55 AM by pam

A service animal in the state of FL has to be certified by the state indicating that the dog has been tasked and trained to be of service to the owner (i.e., blind). Complete medical records of the dog's owner must be submitted to the state along with the credentials of the doctor writing the note that the owner needs a dog. We currently have a person in our condo who refuses to get rid of her dog, stating the dog 'sniffs out' her hypertension. RUBBISH the state is after her now, and the fine SHE is going to receive will be great. She refuses to submit the information. The state feels medication lowers blood pressure, not the dog! Inconsiderate to have an animal in a 1,000 sq ft apt with no yard space. It barks all the time, she deliberately walks it under our windows and pulls on his leash to make it bark more, carries around a 'pooper scooper bag' but does not use it. NO DOGS IN CONDOS IF YOU WANT A DOG, BUY A HOUSE WITH A YARD SO IT CAN RUN AROUND AND MESS ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY

posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:59 AM by Art DiCicco

We love pets, but they are not usually a good thing for complexes. As I always say to my tennants, I have never met an irresponsible pet but I have met plenty of irresponsible pet owners. In one of our condo complexes, we allow dogs only if by owner and with the same poop patrol rules as many others. No non owner tennants may have pets, period...but then we have allowed caged reptiles, rodents like guinea pigs and fish in the complex. No birds.  
Cat urine and dander can be a huge issue for adjoining or lower units as well as the dander and smells which often travel thru air ducts.  
I guess my only tip is make it truly enforceable, enforce whatever you do evenly across the board and with no exceptions & good luck.  

posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:17 PM by John D

The federal law that applies is the Americans With Diwsabilities Act. If a Doctor will write a script which mnakes having a pet a medical necessity there is nothing the Condo association can do to present that beast from moving in. You may not like it but no penalties can be attached unless the condo association wishes to test the reach of federal law in a court.

posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:35 PM by Scott

First, look at the Association documents. There is no need to recreate the wheel on something that may already be addressed by your documents. 
If your documents do not address it or are vague, I can give you a sample of a community that has pets registered. Dogs must be approved prior to being allowed. This is a condominium association.  
Condos can limit the size and weight of dogs as long as the reasons are valid. The same with breed. It is not unreasonable to rquire people to clean up after dogs. One Association I manage recommends to homeowners to carry around bottled water to dilute urine so that it does not kill the grass. 
The association should also think about installing pet waste containers and having the landscape company or a private service empty these. They are effective in encouraging cleaning up after pets. Yes, there is a cost. You can either fund it as a community or charge yearly pet fees to fund it. 
Pets are a very contentious issue. Like any issue, you may have to find a threshold or a comfort level, otherwise the board will be eateen alive and discouraged by constant pet issues. There are no permanent solutions.

posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 1:52 PM by Joe Schuirmann

regardless of whatever your by laws or yoyr state condo law cites in regards to pet the Federal American with Disabilities Act Prevails. Under that law a resident who can produce a simple script from a licensed doctor advising that a pet is considerered necessary for mwedical purposes is sufficient to waive any locaol or state restrictions on any pet.

posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 6:33 PM by Scott

What does coach bags comment have to do with pets? Stop wasting our time.

posted @ Thursday, March 10, 2011 7:31 AM by Pat Roney

Mr. Carney your doctor cannot declare a dog to be a service animal. You have to produce proof that the dog has been trained to be a service animal.

posted @ Thursday, April 28, 2011 7:41 AM by Charles Adler

For True Religion Outlet 
STOP using this blog to advertise your business.

posted @ Thursday, April 28, 2011 7:48 AM by Charles Adler

How do condos get around the Privacy aspects of HIPPA regulations when it comes to doctor's notes describing health conditions of owners being read by laypersons in an Association office?

posted @ Thursday, June 02, 2011 5:48 AM by Sally Santiago

Sally I wish there were a way around these regulations but there isn't. Like It or noy the association must comply with the federal statutes relating to pets-service animal or not.

posted @ Friday, June 03, 2011 6:32 AM by Charles Adler

Can i make my dog a service dog by useing a website?

posted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 4:53 PM by Don sharp

I live in California, my husband and I are thinking about buying a mobile home in a senior park that has a HOA. My husband is disable with a service animal over 20 lbs. I was told no animals over 20 lbs. even if a service anima, because it is private property. Can they do this?

posted @ Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:16 PM by Michelle

<PET RULES> Most counties have animal ordinances. The ordinances in Manatee County Florida are very reasonable. With a little tweeking they are good, fair rules and regs. Tweeking would include identifying where animals may toilet. If you format them into 2 columns and USE a #14 font they fit on 1 page.

posted @ Thursday, March 15, 2012 4:27 PM by Kris- past condo president & board member (6 years)

Kris if you county rules are so good why not post them so we may learn about the,

posted @ Thursday, March 15, 2012 4:46 PM by Charles Adler

I wish I could have a pet at my apartment complex. I used to have a cat at my old house, but he ended up getting sick. We had to take him to the vet multiple times. Unfortunately, he got old and passed away.  
Jayden Eden | http://milaknisanimalhospital.com/About-Us/

posted @ Monday, June 02, 2014 6:07 PM by Jayden Eden

I don't have a pet. I didn't realize that I was avoiding a bullet with the association with this. Do some of them even have bylaws about dogs wearing cones?  
Anita Mas | http://www.irrawangvet.com.au

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 6:56 PM by Anita Mas

Just moved into my condo that I paid for in cash. I have been harassed twice now. Once told I cannot walk my dog to outer property. Its a gated community. So now that the first complaint is that while I walk her next to curb people complain that 
They have to move over since I walk along curb and have to move over because it's too far ( I guess) to move over just a bit. So now I carry her (7lbs) all the way to front gate.  
This morning carrying dog to front gate 
Some other home owner stops his pick-up gets out and starts literally yelling at me saying there are no dogs allowed here! So I say " I'm disable and I can!. Then he says I'm a homeowner and I say back that I am too! And then told him that he needs to check w/ manager! So now it's like I feel I made a big mistake buying here. Anyway it also states in their rules that if your disable bring a letter from ur doc which I have provided. Question here is I feel majorly harrassed and I don't know what to do. Can someone please help me? Also I live in Modesto ca

posted @ Saturday, September 06, 2014 12:42 PM by Tamara McKay

My grandparents lived in a mobile home for the greater part of 15 years. They found a few great HOAs that allowed pets, and had some good enforcement of the rules around them. They've owned a few dogs over the years, and never had any real problems with the HOA. http://www.deltahomecenter.com

posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:08 PM by Ronald Bryan

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