When Dealing With Illegal Pets, Time Matters

Co-op and condo boards need to move swiftly – and cautiously – when enforcing pet bans.  When dealing with illegal pets in a no-pet building, time is of the essence. The state Pet Law requires the landlord to begin an

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Pet Policies in Boards and Associations: From No Pets to Petopia

Although it may sometimes feel as if our pets have the run of the land, humans are still the masters of their own domains. In order to maintain this status quo—especially in a communal environment such as a condominium, cooperative

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Pesticide battle pits homeowners in Lafayette against HOA (CO)

The lawns in Lafayette’s Lilac Hill neighborhood may be covered with fallen leaves but they are still lush and green.  The HOA wants to make sure the grass stays weed-free and in tip-top shape. To accomplish that, they use fertilizers

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How to Deal with Feral Cats in Your Community

Most neighborhoods in the United States encounter roaming outdoor cats. Some of these are indoor/outdoor cats that are pets, but many of them are feral cats. Stray cats that were once pets are usually adoptable whereas feral cats are not.

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Luxury Condos in Seaport to Begin DNA Testing Dog Poop (MA)

A luxury condo tower in Fort Point has taken the nuclear option to solve its apparent problem with improperly curbed pooches.  The management at 315 on A, which opened in 2014, is requiring all incoming tenants to subject their dogs

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Pet Policies in Boards and Associations: From No Pets to Petopia

Although it may sometimes feel as if our pets have the run of the land, humans are still the masters of their own domains. In order to maintain this status quo—especially in a communal environment such as a condominium, cooperative

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How to keep downtown Toronto from going to the dogs – and their poop

There’s never been a census taken of dogs in Toronto. But an informal study based on dogs registered at a pet store near CityPlace suggests an average of at least seven dogs per floor at that condo complex.  That could

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Pet Owner to be Cited for Too Many Cats (TX)

Delma says the smell is coming from the condo above where the owner has at least a dozen cats. Other neighbors say they are fed up with foul odor too.  “If it’s raining the smell is everywhere, the poo is

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Tips to Establish Pet Policy In Your Association

Does your community allow pets? What types? How many? Are there limits on size? If you live in a pet-friendly community, it’s important that your association board set boundaries to keep order within your community. Many of the issues that

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Pets- Do you Love or Hate Them?

When it comes to pet ownership in condos, people usually come down on one of two sides: love ‘em or hate ‘em. You may think your cuddly buddy is the cat’s meow (even if he’s a dog), but your neighbors

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Pet Size or Weight Restrictions in Michigan Condominiums

When drafting or amending condominium bylaws, the Restrictions section—typically Article VI of the Condominium Bylaws—often garners the most feedback, review or modification. One of the key provisions within the Restrictions section addresses pet restrictions including: the registration of pets with

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Toronto condo board’s pet ban sparks vigorous debate

Condominiums and dogs are inseparable from most street-level views in downtown Toronto. Whether canines are allowed through the front door is another story and, at times, a bone of contention.     Read the article…………

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Residents fighting back after condo board proposes pet ban (ON)

When one envisions a trendy Torontonian living in one of the city’s flourishing condo communities, the image of a fashionable figure walking a small dog while cradling a tall latte comes to mind.  The latte can stay, but the dog

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Family says HOA hates their big dog (NV)

Two dog owners believe they are being targeted by people in their homeowner’s association for having a big dog.   Buio is a 150-pound Cane Corso and his owners insist he’s not a nuisance, despite what the HOA and their rules

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Homeowners Association threatens to take dog from woman’s home (SC)

A Mt. Pleasant woman says her Homeowners Association (HOA) is forcing her to get rid of her dog, even though it’s done nothing wrong.  Nancy Butler says, “Nobody has the right to come and take any one’s dog away from

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Home Owners Associations: Beware of the Fair Housing Act When Enforcing Pet Prohibitions and Restrictions

Many planned communities, townhome communities, and condominiums (collectively, “Associations” since they are nearly universally governed by one) have restrictions that either prohibit or limit the number, size, and type of pets that can be kept within the community. In general,

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Battling dog owners square off at HOA meeting in MD

Norma Coates and her Bijou, Lucky, want German Contreras’ dog, Debo, banished from their Greenbelt neighborhood after she says the American Bulldog attacked and bit Lucky and her daughter, Natasha Lyles, on two occasions.  Contreras, who has already paid several

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Animals left on condo balconies ‘grey area’ for Toronto police

When it comes to animals being left on condominium balconies and how police can act, it is very much a grey area according to Toronto Police.  On Monday, police were notified that a dog had been left outside in the

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Why Your Neighbors Hate Your Pets — and What to Do About It

You love your pets. But do the folks next door and across the street love your pets? Well, that largely depends on you. All too often, homeowners find themselves fighting with their neighbors like, well, cats and dogs due to

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Condo owners’ dogs to get park (MI)

There won’t be any recess at the former Jefferson School, being converted into condominiums, unless you have four legs and a tail.  On Monday St. Joseph city commissioners approved a request from developers of the Jefferson Loft condos at 2214

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Courts: Covenants narrowly interpreted (NM)

A ruling by the New Mexico Court of Appeals this spring over homeowners’ rights to keep chickens as pets, despite a community covenant restriction against keeping poultry, has ramifications for property owners, including those in business condominium associations and other

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Insurance and Animal Bites in Your HOA

Question: My condominium association is overrun with dogs. We are concerned that someone will be injured, and we will be sued because we did not impose the proper precautions. What should we do?      Read the Q&A………….

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Home associations need to have their dog rules in order

Q:  My condominium association is overrun with dogs. We are concerned that someone will be injured and we will be sued because we did not impose the proper precautions. What should we do?     Read the Q&A……………

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Pet Policies: The Good, the Bad, and the Ridiculous

You’d think that condominium buildings would let man’s best friend come along with the man, but the Condominium Act gives corporations the freedom to spell out specific pet policies for their buildings.  Read the article………….

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Eldorado community association accepts pro-chicken ruling (NM)

The chicken fights in Eldorado may be over — unless spats erupt over how to monitor or regulate the egg-layers within the community.  The board of directors of the Eldorado Community Improvement Association gave notice Friday that it will not

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Association president lets rules go to the dogs

Q: The president of our association is renting out his unit. His renters have been fined several hundred dollars due to not picking up after their dogs. They have not paid anything in six months. Isn’t the owner of the

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Petition seeks bylaw making it illegal to leave dogs on Toronto balconies

Toronto’s booming condo industry inevitably means more pet dogs will be confined to living conditions that are less than ideal for animals more inclined to sprawling suburban backyards.   Read the article………….

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Pets causing nuisance can be removed from strata blocks under laws and rules

When it comes to excuses and denial, pet owners can be even worse than doting parents. It’s never the dog or cat’s fault – there’s always some factor other than the bleeding obvious.  “I am being slowly driven out by

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Dog poop DNA testing creates stink in one community (FL)

Some homeowners in Riverview’s Osprey Run community are upset because the HOA plans to start using DNA testing on dog poop to catch irresponsible dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets.   Read the article………….

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NJ Condo Board Proposes Mandatory DNA Samples From Resident Dogs

One condo association in New Jersey is looking into asking pet owners to give samples of their dog’s DNA to ensure owners pick up after their pets — causing some residents to question their rights.    Read the article……….

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Disaster Preparedness (for Pets)

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for

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Dog in Breach of Rules Ends up Costing a Lot to Its Owner

I wrote about “Peaches”, an “overweight” dog who was permanently evicted from the condominium corporation because the occupants failed to prove that Ms. Labranche had a disability requiring her to have this specific dog. The fact of the matter is

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For Pet Lovers: 6 Condo Pet Policies You Should Know

Living in a condominium has become one of the top choices most people have. Who wouldn’t, when you got to live a satisfying lifestyle? Right? Renting or owning a condo unit can be one’s fulfillment of their dreams. After all,

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Is Your Condo Going to the Dogs?

If your condominium’s governing documents allow dogs and renters, my bet is there’s a large number of both in your community. We get a lot of questions from condominium boards asking how they can reduce the number of renters and

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HOA sues to evict Arlington woman’s dog (FL)

An Arlington woman is fighting to keep her dog after her Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit demanding she get rid of him. Bianca Raphael admits her dog bit her neighbor but said it happened after that neighbor barged into her

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Destin (FL) condo wants doggies’ DNA tested to track down problem poopers

Pet owners living at Harbor Landing in Destin said they have recently received a strange request from their condominium homeowners association — doggie DNA testing.   Read the article…………

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HOAs, Pets, and Assistance Animals

We all know someone whose dog or cat is much more than just a pet. Well, for purposes of the Fair Housing Act, they may be right. Community associations must be careful as they adopt rules and regulations regarding animal

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“My Pets Are My Family” – Pet Restrictions in Community Associations: Part 1

Pets are, and likely always will be, one of the most controversial topics for community associations. Many people have pets, and those that do often treat the animals as members of their family. The next several newsletters will contain tips

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Dealing With Dog Waste in Your Community

A beautiful neighborhood isn’t so beautiful when there’s dog waste on every lawn. Dog owners have a responsibility to clean up after their pets, but that doesn’t mean they actually do it. Your community can help by reminding dog owners

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What Animal Does Your HOA Prohibit?

It’s not uncommon for HOAs to allow cats and dogs within the community. Sometimes there are weight limitations, but they are usually allowed in detached-unit communities. However, more and more people want to raise chickens in their community to take

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N4T (AZ) Investigators: Tenant upset over HOA decision over “dog” fence

Is it a reasonable enforcement of the rules, or did one man’s homeowner’s association go too far? Dan D’Agostino has buyer’s remorse after renting a new home in Continental Ranch. It all centers around an incident where his dog jumped

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Pet Policies for Your Community Association

Does your community association allow people to have pets in the building? Are there rules against it? All associations need to make sure they have their pet policies in order, so residents will have solid answers to the questions they

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Dog Poop and HOA Compliance

Picture this: you’re walking through your community’s common area with your family, enjoying an early-evening walk when you hear a distinctive “SQUISH”. You’ve just stepped in poop. Gross!  There are very few things that can ruin a nice walk faster

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The Best Dogs for Condos: These Five May Surprise You

Size is not the only factor when picking a condo dog, so this list of the five best dogs for condos might not be what you are expecting.   Read the article…………

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Using DNA to Fight Dog Owners’ Discourtesy in Brooklyn (NY)

On a frigid Wednesday evening in January, 40 residents of One Brooklyn Bridge Park, a condominium complex converted from an old printing factory on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront, gathered at Wag Club, a dog grooming and training service on the

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Dog mauling victim blames city, (management) company for attack (TX)

According to emails sent by Jensen and her neighbors, the company hired to manage the property’s homeowners association, Goodwin Management, Inc., were aware of the problem.  Starting in October, Jensen emailed Goodwin that one female dog is “very aggressive.” In

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Enforcing pet restrictions in condominiums

Many pet owners who have breached the pet restrictions in their condominium documents will go to great lengths to keep their pet when the condominium corporation takes steps to enforce these restrictions. In California one pet owner went to the

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Silverado condo resident raises stink over elevator doggie-doo

After finding doggie-doo in the elevator of her building on more than one occasion, Kathleen Sawisky decided to pen an open letter to the mystery pooper’s owner.   Read the article………

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Cat Ownership and HOAs (CA)

At what point to cat lovers become cat hoarders? This has long been a debate in many communities around the country. Recently, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Los Angeles City Council is considering an increase in the number

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Upper West Side (NY) co-op board demands doggy DNA tests

It’s doggie discrimination.  Residents of an Upper West Side apartment tower are barking mad over their co-op board’s new policy requiring them to provide proof of their pooches’ pedigrees.      Read the article……….

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