|PETS -- EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS|
Many people love pets, no doubt about it! They consider them part of the family
Others hate pets -- for various reasons! Nevertheless, pets are parts of our daily lives and we should deal with them in a reasonable manner.
Since living in associations means having rules, these rules should accommodate both sides of the issue -- meaning reasonable rules. And here comes the problem: WHAT IS REASONABLE?
start with original rules: It is unreasonable if a group of owners decides
to amend the rules, disallowing pets altogether or putting weight limits
on the pets. Many pets in our society have the same problems many humans
Fights over the beloved pets create many very emotional -- and costly -- lawsuits. Especially condominiums have to be very careful to avoid violating FAIR HOUSING rules.
Even if you live in a so-called "no-pet community", there are exemptions to the rule: EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS. If one of the owners brings a letter from a medical professional (See below), any board would be well advised to vote in favor of granting this request -- no matter what the association attorney may advise. Never forget: The attorney doesn't pay the legal fees -- you and your neighbors do!
a doctorís letter is rejected by a board or the associationís lawyer,
the owner of the emotional support animal could sue the association for
discrimination, with potential fines in the $$thousands! (See
For more detailed information please visit the website of our friends from:
"creating a win-win situation for people and pets"
Citizens for Pets in Condos, Inc.* educates the public on the health benefits of animal companionship and about responsible pet ownership in order to increase acceptance of companion animals in common interest ownership communities. We believe that association rules should concentrate on irresponsible pet owners, allowing a win-win situation for responsible animal guardians and animals who would otherwise be needlessly euthanized.