Legal - Citizens for Pets in Condos Florida

gated multi-story condo community with sweeping Harbor views. Two pets allowed.
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I have been told many times by my husband not to dress up my dog. How could I not, she looks great in them. Many homeowners are just like me, we treat our pets as part of the family. Even when it comes time to move, looking for a pet friendly condo is one of the most important criteria.

I've been asked by some readers to write up a list of condos that are pet friendly. So for all the pet lovers out there reading this blog, this post is for you.
Waterfront condos within walking distance to Fishermen’s Village, allows two pets up to 40 lbs.
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If you own a cat or small dog, be sure you understand your condo association's pet policy before you proceed with your purchase. We can help you with your research by providing you with the documents that outline the rules for your condo of interest. Among other topics, most association rules address the species allowed, the number of pets allowed, and weight limits. Many pet policies also include rules on pet behavior and restricted breeds/species. 17 out 81 condominiums on West Maui make it difficult for Buyers with pets
Photo provided by FlickrIf you own pets and are considering living in a condo in Houston, here’s an overview of the Houston condos pet policy.
Photo provided by Flickroffers newer Condo Construction with the latest building codes. Gated entry and pet-friendly community that allows two pets up to 30 lbs.
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First, you must review your legal documents, especially the bylaws for your condominium. Usually, there is a section titled "Restrictions on Use" that will address such matters as renting, noise, nuisance and the proper use of common elements. You should also find a section titled "Pets" in the same part of the bylaws.Can the board regulate the number of pets a unit owner can have? Yes. Condominium law throughout the United States has made it clear that if something is not specifically prohibited in the legal documents (such as the declaration or the bylaws), a board of directors has the right to enact reasonable rules regarding that activity. Thus, if your bylaws merely state that "pets are allowed" and does not place any restriction on the number of pets, the board can impose a limit on how many pets an owner can have.Do your bylaws prohibit pets? If so, unless the unit owners vote to amend the bylaws, your board should immediately take action to ensure that owners and tenants remove their pets. A board of directors cannot, by adopting a rule or regulation, contradict what is written in the bylaws.Frequently, people ask us when shopping for a condo "Are these pet friendly condos?" Fortunately for those who love pets, as well as those who might prefer to keep pets at a comfortable distance, it's possible for us to provide an answer. What makes any condo a pet friendly condo? It's a decision by the condo owners and it is detailed in the condo association's bylaws. Typically, pet friendly condos are those that allow cats and dogs. There is usually a limit to the number of cats and dogs per household, and in the case of dogs, often a weight restriction, and sometimes a breed restriction. What about so-called exotic pets? Compared to cats and dogs, pets such as snakes, ferrets and other unusual creatures are typically not included in an association's "approved" list. Owners of exotic pets might argue that a caged snake or a mild-mannered pot-bellied pig is potentially less dangerous than any random dog, but it's a hard sell to the average person, which is why most condo associations simply will not approve such pets. In general, the American public is far more comfortable with cats and dogs than non-traditional pets, especially in condominium living where there are shared walls and other shared facilities. And despite the love affair our society has with cats and dogs, it's important to understand not everyone feels the same way. Many condo owners and potential condo buyers prefer to not have cats and dogs around. Fortunately for them, wer can find condos for sale that exclude pets for those who require it. We have compiled information on the pet policies of many of the condominiums in the Bradenton and Sarsota area. These policies are not garanteed to be 100% accurate. Individual buildings or sections of a subdivision may have separate pet policies. Some of these policies may have changed over time. And there is a chance that the information given to us was inaccurate. But this is a good starting point to see where pets are welcome.