What About Pets?
If having a pet is important to you in the future or currently have a pet, reviewing the condo association's Pet Policy should be completed prior to removing conditions.
Most condo boards have a pet policy in place. This can be different from what is stated within the bylaws and by reviewing the policy you will know exactly what is expected as an owner and what kind of pet you can have.
The Pet Policy will cover:
- How many animals you can have
- Size and breed of the animals
- Expectations of owners for noise and cleaning up
- The pet approval process - yes - there is an approval process
Pet Approval Process
The condo board normally requires you to have your pet approved for the complex. There is a reason for this:
- So they can ensure the pet falls within their policy
- So they can revoke approval if the animal is a nuisance
- So the condo board knows what animals are in the building in case of an emergency
The pet approval request can be very basic, it can also be very detailed. I have seen approval applications that requested a picture, information on the breed, training and character references.
Sure, this may be a pain in the butt. Keep in mind this approval application is also to protect all owners interests including yours. Sure would suck if your neighbour's dog barked all the time and there was nothing that could be done.
Do you currently own a pet? If so, I highly recommend you have a pet approval to form part of your buyer conditions. Just because you read the policy and bylaws and you think your pet falls within the criteria, does not mean they will accept your pet. I have seen this happen.
What is Expected of You?
Really - basic common sense.
- Clean up after your pet
- Train your pet to avoid "boredom barking"
- Be respectful of other owners
- Large dogs in apartments are typically better than small dogs. They tend to be quieter and sleep more often through the day.
- Train your dog so they are socialized and used to hearing people in the hall or near your door. If they bark every time someone walks by, you may get a noise complaint.
- Not cleaning up after your pet will be your first ticket to getting a fine - be respectful.