3 Frequently Asked HOA Pet Ownership Questions
For many, one of the best parts about life is owning a pet. When you live in an HOA, specific rules and restrictions are placed on HOA pet ownership, such as what types of breeds and species you can own and where in the neighborhood they can go. For each association, rules vary greatly, so it is vital to know what is allowed and what isn’t. Here are three frequently asked HOA pet ownership questions and how to go about them.
How Many Pets Can a Homeowner Have?
Certain associations will allow a homeowner to have as many pets as they’d like, whereas others will permit you to only have one, two, or three animals in your home at a time. It is crucial for homeowners to review their governing documents and to ask their HOA board if certain pets are allowed or if you’re unsure of any limitations pertaining to HOA pet ownership.
Are Service or Support Animals Allowed?
If you are a homeowner in need of a service animal due to physical disabilities, these pets are exempt from any standard HOA pet restrictions. This is because an HOA is not legally permitted to ban service animals in a vast majority of circumstances. Homeowners must ensure they have all the proper documentation for their service animal and research service animal laws within their state to make sure the animal can live with them.
On the other hand, if the homeowner owns a pet for emotional support reasons, the animal will generally be allowed to live with them in most states. However, there may be more restrictions placed upon the pet than a service animal. A homeowner seeking to move into an association should review its governing documents and speak with the HOA board and/or management company beforehand to learn about the rules and restrictions pertaining to HOA pet ownership.
Can an HOA Restrict What Types of Pets Homeowners Adopt?
The short answer to this question is yes. It is within legal standing for an HOA to restrict what type of size, breed, or species of pet a homeowner is allowed to have in their home. Many HOAs will typically ban certain dog breeds known for aggressive behavior and put a weight limit for any dogs permitted in apartment and condominium buildings. Commonly, animals such as cats and dogs are typically allowed. However, other species such as rabbits, birds, or ferrets are likely banned. If a homeowner has any questions pertained to what types of animals are allowed, it is best to review your governing documents and to speak with your HOA board about your intent to adopt an animal and to make sure it’s permitted.
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