How To Best Deal With Neighbor Disputes In Pet Policy

When you hear a dog barking during off hours, you immediately think, “That’s not how to be a good neighbor,” or “That’s so annoying!”  You probably want to complain to all the residents in the neighborhood about the dog or

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What to Do When Your Neighbor’s Dog Won’t Stop Barking

We’re all in agreement here – dogs are simply amazing. But, there are few things more annoying than a dog that barks nonstop, especially if it’s not your dog.  Perhaps you work a night shift and can’t sleep during the day

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The Top 3 Pet Policy Problems (And How To Solve Them)

Are you ready to learn how to be a good neighbor if you have pets? Check out IKO Community Management’s top pet policy problems in HOA communities and how to solve them quickly:  Problem 1: You find dog waste in

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6 Pet Rules Every Homeowner Should Follow

If you’re wondering how to be a good neighbor, a great place to start is by understanding proper pet etiquette in an HOA community. Thankfully, many boards offer existing guidelines for you to follow, which makes everything easier.    Read the

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Pets are a growing part of condo life

I’ve seen an explosion of four-legged friends in the building over the past year. It’s not just my condo; city planners estimate there are four to eight pets per floor in Toronto. It has come to the point that they’re

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Condo complex penalized over ‘no pets’ policy (NY)

The NYC Commission on Human Rights recently won its case in defense of a resident of Parkchester South Condominiums who was threatened with eviction over her service dog.  Michelle Berrios, a nurse practitioner who has lived in her condo for

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Condo Culture Q&A: What can we do about negligent pet owners?

Q:We are experiencing some problems with negligent pet owners. Some allow their pets to urinate in the hallways, walk them to other owner’s yards to do their duties and leave the mess behind. Another dog barks for hours until its

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Community Association Liability For Dog Bites – Woof, Woof, Woof

Can a Florida condominium, homeowners’, and cooperative association have liability for its members’ dog bites? Apparently, the answer is yes, it surely can.  In 1996, the Fourth District Court of Appeal of Florida in Barrwood Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Maser,

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Prohibiting and Handling “Dangerous Animals” in an Association

Pet restrictions are a perennial topic of interest in Michigan and consistently one of the most discussed, debated and reviewed provisions in the condominium bylaws. For example, some condominium bylaws prohibit “dangerous animals” from being brought to the condominium or

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Weslaco Woman Fighting to Keep Pet Pig on Property (TX)

Mix a pig, a city, and a homeowners association – you get conflict. A Weslaco mother is fighting to save Winston, her pet pig.  A year and a half ago, Charla Layne purchased the pet she claims to be three-quarters

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Is Your Dog a Good Citizen? You’d Better Hope So, for Insurance’s Sake

This seems to be particularly favorable with homeowners association, co-op, and condo boards, according to Loretta Worters, vice president of communications for the Insurance Information Institute. “Many insurance agents will accept certificates from AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program and other

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Who let the dogs out? Community members wrestle with loose dog concerns, attacks (HI)

Tensions mounted Friday night, as eight residents shared emotional encounters they’d had with loose dogs in Waikoloa Village the past eight months or so. Many led to human and pet attacks.  Beverley Brand, a director on the Waikoloa Village Association

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Toronto wants future condo towers to be more pet-friendly

There are between four and eight pets on every Toronto highrise floor, city planners believe, and now they’re looking for new ways to handle that.  The city is turning to consultants to come up with a set of design guidelines

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What Can an HOA Board Do About Barking Dog Complaints?

So you moved into a beautiful new luxury homeowners association. Your home is on a quiet street in an established neighborhood. Every evening you sit on your newly purchased adirondack chairs in your shady backyard, sipping on a bottle of

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Condo Culture: Owner negligence could result in pet eviction

Q: We are experiencing some problems with negligent pet owners. Some allow their pets to urinate in the hallways, walk them to other owner’s yards to do their duties and leave the mess behind. Another dog barks for hours until

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Singapore: Resolve amicably issues concerning pets

There have been several cases over the years where condo management corporations have tried to remove a pet, or institute rules which cause considerable stress and inconvenience to pet owners.  This usually happens as a result of complaints from residents.

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‘Dog racism’ behind move to evict pit bull, lawyer claims (NY)

A 63-pound pit bull its owner claims is a therapy dog “savagely attacked” an eight-pound pooch that visits pediatric cancer patients outside the owners’ Chelsea condo, a new lawsuit claims.  Now the condo board is suing to evict the pit

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3 Tips To Avoid Pet “Headaches” and Issues In Your Condo

Pets are part of the family. But what happens when someone’s four-legged family member urinates in your condo lobby? Once the mess is cleaned up, how do you prevent Fido from making it a morning ritual? Beyond that, what actions

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Beware When Revising Your Pet Policy

Want to make sure you get a quorum at your annual meeting? Announce that the board is going to discuss one or more of the following: redoing the lobby; raising maintenance; modifying the building’s pet policy.  “Any change to a

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HOA & Pet Policy: What You Need to Know

Almost everyone has a soft spot for animals, and just about every HOA allows pets within certain guidelines. Since pets are a reality, it is important for your HOA to establish clear, understandable, and easy to find guidelines on pets.

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Holly Geraci loses lawsuit, must ride condo elevator with dogs (IL)

The wife of a prominent Chicago bankruptcy attorney will have to share the elevator with dogs after losing a federal lawsuit last week against her condo association asking for canine-free carriage.  Holly Geraci filed the housing discrimination lawsuit in March

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Dogs Take a Huge Bite of Homeowner Liability Claims

Dog bites man, man sues board. Are you adequately insured?  “My dog doesn’t bite.”  Don’t believe those four innocent words. Dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners liability claims paid out in 2016

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Atascocita man attacked by dog while defending his own (TX)

“I couldn’t believe an animal could do that amount of damage in such a short period of time,” said the victim’s daughter.  Harris County Animal Control did not come out Monday night, so the dog was not seized.  Now, neighbors

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Suntree residents restrict allowable pets (FL)

Gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles and a long list of other animals are no longer welcome in Suntree.  At least on paper.  Residents voted last week to approve a measure that restricts pets in the planned unit development to domesticated

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Pets & Condos

As cities become more populated and land becomes more scarce, condominiums are becoming a home option of choice for many Canadians. For pet lovers who rent, condominiums are lifesavers, as most properties welcome animals. However, it’s best to be aware

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Dog waste dilemma unfolds in Northern Va. town

A Northern Virginia community has found itself in a messy situation and it all has to do with the removal of several dog waste cans.  The Newgate Homeowners Association Board of Directors removed dog waste cans from their Centreville subdivision

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How To Get Your Neighbor’s Dog To Stop Barking Incessantly

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but sometimes best friends won’t shut up and are annoying as shit. It’s especially aggravating when your neighbor’s dog likes to bark all night long, or yap every time you go anywhere near their

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Dealing With Cats in the Neighborhood

If you see a random dog roaming the street, you probably start looking around for the owner because it’s not common for people to let their dog wander around unattended. However, cats are another story. It’s not practical to keep

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Geraci’s lawsuit to keep dogs off condo elevators moving forward (IL)

The wife of a prominent Chicago bankruptcy attorney is moving forward with a lawsuit against her condo association for forcing her to share the elevator with dogs.  A Chicago federal judge has ruled that Holly Geraci’s housing discrimination lawsuit against

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What You Need To Know About HOA Pet Restrictions

Recently, we were house hunting in a state saturated with homeowner associations (HOA). It seemed every neighborhood had some type of strict HOA rule. This was our first HOA experience, and we were a bit nervous because we share our

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OK to sue condo association for not granting access to dog-free elevators (IL)

A Chicago federal judge has cleared the way for Holly Geraci, the wife of prominent Chicago bankruptcy lawyer Peter Francis Geraci, to proceed with her lawsuit against the association that manages the condo building in which she lives, saying Geraci

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HOA forces pet owners to walk dogs in streets (NV)

A homeowners association rule being described as dangerous and inhumane has given Contact 13 its newest member of the HOA Hall of Shame.  Chief Investigator Darcy Spears explains what has residents outraged and afraid for themselves and their pets.   Read

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In Ramsey, family’s backyard brood raises a squawk and a lawsuit

The Harer family never dreamed that their brood of backyard hens and Peter, the potbellied pig, could one day land them in court, much less place them amid a widespread debate about what animals may live where.  But a pending

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Dealing With a Mess in the HOA

Waste problems affect everyone in a given area whether it is dog droppings or a mound of stinking refuse. They not only blight an otherwise lovely looking neighborhood, but they provide a real health and environmental risk. Accumulated waste material

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Ramsey grants pig license against association’s objections (MN)

The Ramsey City Council will allow a Ramsey couple to keep a potbelly pig that their homeowners association said they cannot have.

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Does Your Pet Policy Have Enough Bite?

While many co-op boards struggle to ban bogus “support pets,” there’s a co-op in East Harlem with such a liberal pet policy that dogs of any size or breed are allowed. When a subletter acquired a pit bull, residents started

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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

The approaches to pet policies undertaken by different communities vary wildly in this day and age

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Pesticide battle pits homeowners in Lafayette against HOA (CO)

Parizek said the HOA should consider other options, like switching to organic pesticides.

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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

The approaches to pet policies undertaken by different communities vary wildly in this day and age, from high rises that offer luxurious spa treatments for pooches to security-state communities where they test fecal matter

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

As the available green space gets more crowded, dogs are one of the leading sources of conflict between condo dwellers.

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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

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Tips to Establish Pet Policy In Your Association

If you live in a pet-friendly community, it’s important that your association board set boundaries to keep order within your community.

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Pets- Do you Love or Hate Them?

We’re going to focus this article on dog ownership, since that seems the most prevalent and most apt to cause angst.

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Pet Size or Weight Restrictions in Michigan Condominiums

Of the many permissible pet restrictions, a ‘hot topic’ lately has been whether it is against Michigan law to limit the height or weight of dogs within a condominium association

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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.

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

Some residents at 3 Navy Wharf and 5 Mariner Terrace are barking mad after alleging the board slipped the proposal to ban pets

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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

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