HOA president: Neighbors ‘very afraid’ German Shepherds at center of legal fight will hurt someone (VA)

In a phone interview, David Rusk, president of the BrookAnnLeigh Homeowners Association — the neighborhood where Smith lives, said he has personally witnessed the dogs “tormenting” cattle in the neighborhood and behaving in what he described as a threatening manner. According Rusk, there has been a pattern of multiple German Shepherds escaping from Smith’s property […]

Miami Herald Column on Addressing the Presence of Crocodiles in Community (FL)

he article, which is titled “Crocodile in Community Generates Effective Response Chronicled in TV Newscasts,” focuses on a couple of recent news reports on 7 News Miami (www.wsvn.com) that illustrated how potentially dangerous wildlife incursions can impact local communities. It reads:  . . . The first report chronicled how residents at the Bay Colony Club […]

HOA Homefront: Reader wants to know, ‘Is my dog allowed?’ (CA)

Q: I am hoping you could help me with my HOA that’s trying to remove my daughter’s support dog because of its weight and breed. They are threatening to come and have her removed because she got too big. Can they do this? It would devastate my daughter if they took her dog  Read the Q&A………………………………..

HOA board learns dog parks are expensive (NV)

Q: I am the vice president of a homeowners association in Las Vegas, which is considering establishing dog parks. I would like to talk to a HOA that has dog parks but have not been able to find any. Read the Q&A………………………………..

14 Condo Assn’s. Fined for Sea Turtle Violations (FL)

Under Marco’s Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance, “after one warning in a calendar year, excluding an irreparable event (a sea turtle dies) the following shall apply:”    Read the article………………………………

Pet ownership and homeowner’s associations in Connecticut

Homeowner’s associations play a crucial role in managing community living. This often includes setting guidelines for pet ownership. Establishing transparent and fair pet policies is essential for maintaining harmony and ensuring the well-being of residents and pets within the HOA community.    Read the article…………………………

The Code and the CAT: Old habits die hard and old dogs don’t learn new tricks (ON)

Toronto often ranks amongst the dog-friendliest cities in the world. Sadly, this sentiment does not necessarily apply to condos in the city. Through its governing docs, condos can impose an outright prohibition on dogs from entering the premises; it can also impose weight, size or breed-related prohibitions. However, these prohibitions do not take precedence over […]

What Every Condo or HOA Needs To Know About Emotional Support Animals (MI)

Over the last several years, emotional support animals have been a continuous source of speculation and confusion for many Michigan condo and HOA boards. We all have seen the news stories of individuals attempting to bring animals such as squirrels and even alligators into places of public accommodation under the claim that they are emotional […]

Condo Living with Pets: Tips for a Happy Home

Condo living doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the joy of having a furry companion. With the right knowledge and preparation, condo living can be a harmonious experience for both you and your pets. In this blog post, we’ll explore valuable tips and insights to create a happy home for your pets within a condo […]

Tenants at Harlem condo find solution to bird collision concerns (NY)

Bright glass buildings in New York City have become death traps for birds that are killed by the impact of flying straight into the windows.  As a result, residents at a condo building in Harlem are stepping up to make their building safer for birds.   Read the article…………………………….

Tips for Responsible Pet Ownership in HOA Communities

Are your pets like family members? If, like many pet owners, you consider Rover or Fluffy to be a vital part of your life, it may not occur to you that your animal’s behavior could be impacting your neighbors.  In any HOA community, it’s important to be considerate of those living around you. Fortunately, even […]

HOA Residents Feeding Stray Cats? What Should The HOA Board Do?

Are your HOA residents feeding stray cats? While the intention behind it may be good, feeding strays can have bad repercussions. If your board encounters this problem, there are some recommended courses of action to take.   Read the article………………………..

Chickens and Your HOA (TX)

It’s no secret that owning chickens remains a hot topic within HOAs across the country, but many people have a lot of fear around the idea. Whether it be noise, smell, property value, or other concerns, homeowners and board members alike want to know, is having chickens in your community worth it?   Read the article………………………..

Breed-Specific Dog Bans (FL)

In 1989, in the wake of a series of serious injuries caused by pit bulls, most notably the mauling of a 7-year-old girl and her mother, Miami-Dade County adopted an ordinance making it illegal for residents to own or keep an American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any other dog whose […]

Florida Lifts Pit Bull Ban – A New Era for Pet Owners

On October 1, 2023, a groundbreaking legislative decision will take effect, ending the ban on pit bulls and other prohibitions in Florida that restrict dogs based upon breed, weight or size. With this new development, many community associations that previously relied on local ordinances to restrict ownership of specific dog breeds such as pit bulls […]

Cherokee County community at odds over feral cat problem (GA)

Residents in a Cherokee County community are at odds over the feral cats in their neighborhood.  Kris Baker said the cats have been around for years.  “We’ll just put some food out for the cats that are hungry and that’s all we were doing,” she said. “We’re not claiming the cats, they’re not our cats.”  […]

To Feed or Not to Feed…Feral Cats (TX)

Amidst the recent drama involving Governor Abbott and the Texas Senate following the conclusion of the 88th Texas Legislative Session, a largely unknown bill was able to slip through the legislative process mostly unopposed that could have drastic implications on our communities. This bill involves Trap, Neuter & Release (“TNR”) programs and feral cats.    Read […]

What You Need to Know About Dogs Restrictions and Condo Associations

Dog lovers and those who would prefer not to have dogs around must often cooperate in communal living environments like condos. Most dog owners are unwilling to give up their pet, who they may view as a member of their family. However, there are limits to what a condo association must legally accept when it […]

Skunks take over Point Loma condo complex (CA)

Residents at a Point Loma condominium complex said skunks are taking over their property.  One resident at the Sea Colony complex told ABC 10News, “We have had a lot of skunks this past year. A lot of families. I have seen a mom walking around with her four babies.”   Read the article………………………..

Ross Bridge family fights to save beloved pet from eviction (AL)

A young man in Ross Bridge is fighting to save his beloved pet after he says the homeowner’s association told him it was not allowed.  “Fred” lives in an enclosed backyard in the neighborhood. He weighs about 130 pounds and is kind of a cross between a pet and a landscaper.   Read the article………………………..

Optimizing Your Community for Maximum Pet Waste Pickup

For many pet-friendly communities, dog waste left along walking paths and across open recreation areas is a common problem. In fact, pet waste is one of the single most talked about issues in homeowner association and community manager board meetings across the country. If not addressed, unattended dog waste in a community can quickly become […]

HOA reverses itself on hummingbird feeder ban (AZ)

Rancho Resort residents Jim Gyovai and Sandra Hartman can be found every day sitting on his porch, watching hummingbirds perch on their feeders.  But when HOA management company Associa Arizona banned all bird feeders in the Rancho Resort retirement community in early May, Gyovai and Hartman weren’t happy. And they weren’t alone.   Read the article………………………..

Turkey Trouble in Sun City (TX)

For as long as anyone can remember, the flock of wild Rio Grande turkeys that live in Sun City, a sprawling 55-and-over community in Georgetown, had coexisted peacefully with the retirees.   Read the article………………………..

Feral hogs pose real issue for McKinney homeowners (TX)

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, if left unchecked, a feral hog population can triple in just one year. With no known predators, the hogs will continue to have the upper hand, and the damage to golf courses, lawns and gardens can get costly—quickly.     Read the article………………………..

Ford’s Colony neighborhood tackles Canada goose population issue (VA)

Ford’s Colony near Williamsburg is pursuing a third option. Like most communities built around golf courses, Ford’s Colony has hundreds of resident geese. Instead of repeating the endless cycle of ignoring and then culling the geese, the homeowners’ association teamed up with the country club to try to keep the goose population from growing beyond […]

Is There Liability for Dangerous Wild Animals in Your Community? (FL)

With the ever-increasing development in Florida, especially in South Florida, we are once again reminded that we live in close proximity to a number of native, exotic, invasive, and at times dangerous wild animals. Tragically, and all too recently, in St. Lucie County an 85-year-old woman died while trying to rescue her dog from an […]

Are Your Pets Good Neighbors?

You try your best to be a good neighbor: you put your trash bins out on the right days; you keep your property neat and well kept; and you respect community areas and the people in them.  You are a good neighbor—but what about your pet?    Read the article………………………..

Building’s Pet Policies: Best Practices to Keep in Mind

Having a well-defined pet policy in your building is essential for preserving harmony between all residents. Pets can be a source of joy and love, but also a potential source of conflict if not properly managed. To ensure that all residents are able to live peacefully and comfortably, it’s important to set up some ground […]

Tips For Managing Stray Animals & Wildlife In HOAs

Animals are an essential component of nature, and in a homeowners’ association (HOA), their presence can add to the beauty and aesthetic of a community. From ducks in a community pond to a surprise deer sighting, homeowners may have the chance to see a variety of creatures depending on where they live.   Read the article………………………..