If you’re like me you would never consider moving anywhere where you couldn’t have your pet. If you’re going to purchasing a Condo, Townhouse or a Home that’s organized by a homeowners association, it’s imperative that you read and understand the Rules and Regulations.
Some associations do not allow pets at all, and many will have weight and breed restrictions for dogs. Weight restriction on dogs will vary; I’ve seen places where you can’t have a dog over 15 pounds and units where the weight limit is as high as 50 pounds. Specific breeds may also be excluded, including but not limited to, Pit Bulls, Rottweiler’s and Chows. In almost every case where pets are allowed there are restrictions on the number of pets permitted.
Most associations insist that cats remain indoors if not on a leash, most of the cats I know don’t like being on a leash, but I’ve seen it done. I showed a condo the other day that excludes snakes and other reptiles entirely. Even a rabbit, guinea pig, hamsters and mice may be excluded in the rules and regulations, so find our first before you sign on the dotted line.
If you’re considering renting instead of buying it may be a little harder to find a place that will allow you to have a pet. And if they do allow a dog or cat it may be more expensive because you’ll incur extra fees and or deposits.
Another fact is that some condominium and housing associations will permit owners to have pets but not their renters, unfair I know, but true never the less. More and more rental units are now accommodating tenants with pets, and in my opinion that’s a good thing.
Let your Realtor know that keeping your pet is going to be a deal breaker.
Happy Home Hunting