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Pet Policies at your Community Association

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Although it may sometimes feel as if our pets have the run of the roost. In order to maintain the status quo – especially in a communal living environment such as a condominium, cooperative or HOA – it is necessary to establish a set of ground rules regarding pet care.

There are many reasons to establish a clear pet policy in your board or association. The cleanliness of the common areas and comfort of residents are well affected by what sort of animals are allowed on the property, and how careful owners are to keep their pets in check.

The approaches to pet policies undertaken by different communities vary wildly in this day and age, from high rises that offer luxurious spa treatments to police state-style evaluations of the DNA of doggie fecal matter to determine the culprit. Additionally, the increasing acceptance of therapy dogs as an aid for various disabilities calls into question the validity of long-established pet policies in communities. Amid all of this hoopla, we sought to help communities ascertain what approach would work best for their boards and associations.

While there are zero-tolerance-of-pet communities, they are definitely in the minority. The advent of the aforementioned therapy dog has created a sort of gray area in regard to the flexibility of pet-oriented regulations. “It’s very easy for someone to get a letter stating that they require a dog, and as such, it’s getting more common,” agrees Jim Stoller, president of The Building Group, a property management firm in Chicago, Illinois. “We’re seeing buildings that were formerly no dog/no pet properties now allowing animals which, in some cases, completely violates the association’s rules as they were written, and this is causing a higher degree of frustration from people who moved into those properties specifically because of the no-pet policies and want to limit pet ownership but feel powerless to do so.”


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