Pet-Friendly Housing in Boca Raton Florida
WHAT DOES PET FRIENDLY MEAN?
When people search for pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton FL they often run into problems. This is because the term pet friendly can mean many things. The building you are looking at may accept one cat but no dogs. Or it may accept one dog up to 25 pounds or two dogs up to 60 pounds. You need to know what you are dealing with up front. You need to know what the pet regulations of the building or community you are looking at are. Otherwise, you're wasting your time. Why fall in love with a house in a community that accepts one pet when you have three? Or a building that is pet friendly to a 25 pound dog when your's weighs 40 pounds?
I have had people call hysterical the day before closing where they have been approved by the condo association but their beloved pets have not. This is not a good situation to be faced with. (I was not their agent.) Don't let this happen to you.
Are you looking for a home with a Golden Retriever or a maybe a condo with two small dogs or even two big dogs? This all comes into play and listings tend to be vague. Price factors in as well.
When looking for pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton FL, you need to tell your agent what type of pets you have. Tell them their breeds, their weights and how many pets you have. Numbers factor into the equation as well. Multiples of anything can be problematic. For example, two small dogs weighing 5 pounds each will likely not be accepted in a community whose regulations state one pet maximum weight of 25 pounds. I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.
ARE THERE ANY COMMUNITIES THAT WILL ACCEPT MY PETS?
The answer is likely yes, but please know upfront, depending on the breed and number of pets you have, your choices will be limited. As a pet lover and owner, I'm ok with this. You need to be too if you want to go into a gated community, condo or subdivision.
Many communities in Boca Raton are pet friendly. Some will accept one or two pets up to a maximum weight of 25 pounds. Some will even accept three or more. Some will accept up to 40 pounds. And in some communities, there are no weight restrictions but there are breed restrictions. And that brings us to the next step. And the rules can and often do change from time to time. Please check this carefully!
Some pet-friendly communities in Boca Raton do not allow what they consider aggressive breeds in their condo and homeowner associations. In Boca Raton, pet-friendly communities are not pet friendly to restricted breeds. What they mean by restricted breeds are pit bulls, rottweilers and in some cases they have gone further and included other large breeds. Each association is different so this needs to be checked carefully.
If you have what is termed a restricted breed, I know you love him or her, but plan on buying a house on a street, not in a community. There are virtually no pet-friendly communities that will accept them.
CAN IT BE DONE?
The answer is yes. I have found homes for people with pets ranging from cats, small dogs, medium-sized dogs, Golden Retrievers, American Bulldogs and Labradors. Yes, it can be done but it takes time and patience and someone willing to do the work.
MY DOG DOESN'T BARK
I believe you, but you still can't sneak them in. Someone is going to find out and then you're going to have a problem. So why not go to a pet-friendly community to begin with and avoid the headache?
For more information about pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton FL and Boca Raton Real Estate, please contact me. I am a Boca Raton Real Estate Agent. You can read what others have said if you click on that link. I can be reached at (561) 716-7824, by text or by email at Elyse@ElyseBerman.com.
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