Pet Restrictions in Condos

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Pet Restrictions in Condos

If you have pets and are plannning to buy a condo, you must read the pet restrictioins carefully.  Not what the listing says.  Not what the agent says they are. Request and read the actual condo documents as they relate to pets.   Please.  You may just be surprised.


In looking for a pet-friendly condo in Boca Raton last week, we found a condo will accept one pet up to 20 lbs.  Sounds good if you have a small dog right?  Not so fast.  Additionally, the buyer must put up a $ 5000 bond and carry the dog out through the garage.  The dog is not allowed to go out through the lobby.  And, if your beloved dog becomes a nuisance, the board has the right to ask you to remove it within three days.   Doesn't sound so pet friendly to me!  


In another building that accepts two pets up to 20 lbs, if you read the documents carefully, you will find it reads "20 lbs in the aggregate," meaning their total weights combined.  Uh-oh.  What happens if your dogs weigh 11 lbs each?  That's total 22 lbs and over the building's rules.  And you guessed it!   They were turned down by the association.   Mind boggling, isn't it?   Over just a few pounds.


Dogs and condos may work in your specific situataion, but for others they may not.  Just be sure you know what you're getting in to up front so there are no surprises later on.   After all, I know the dog is coming with you!


And then I hear, Oh, I'll just get a letter.  Be careful.  Things don't always work out quite right.   Florida passed a new law regarding emotional support animals last July.  Please read it before jumping in, and take into consideration your neighbors will likely not be happy if the building doesn't allow pets.


If you are an animal lover and really want to buy a condo in south Florida, I caution you to tread carefully and contact a pet-friendly real estate agent.


For more information on pet-friendly condos in Boca Raton, Highland Beach or Delray Beach, please call Elyse Berman, PA, Best Connections Realty, Inc. (561) 716-7824.




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Comments (7)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Great post as always Elyse Berman, PA you are always up to the minute on your information.  You know how some people are they think they know everything--that is until they don't 

May 10, 2021 03:35 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thanks Hannah Williams .   I was pretty stunned at that last one.  Hope to see you tomorrow.

May 10, 2021 03:43 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Elyse:

You've shared such important advice. I find that listing agents often don't know the details of the pet policy of the HOA, and homeowers may not either, unless they, too, are pet owner. It's critical to verify these policies - some are pretty vague while others are not.


May 10, 2021 04:35 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hi Jeff,

I've had instances where the management company did not know the correct restrictions either.  You're right though, listing agents often don't know, and it can become problematic to a pet owner.

May 10, 2021 04:44 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Elyse- this is excellent information about anyone thinking of buying a condo if there is a pet or pets to consider. I know how much you love pets!  You really know the area and you know how important it is to read each HOA!  

May 10, 2021 05:05 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Such important information. READ the documents first!

And if you need a pet-friendly real estate agent...of course call Elyse Berman, PA 

May 10, 2021 10:51 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Seriously good points Elyse Berman, PA but it did remind me of this "Blast from the Past" on the Largest Therapy Pet on Record. Jeff 😎

May 10, 2021 11:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elyse nice to see you back missed your posts and the interaction, hope you had a great Mother's Day Weeekend from one pet friendly Realtor to another keep up the good fight, Endre

May 10, 2021 11:29 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Elyse. Great information. I once cancelled a contract for my own purchase of a coop in Murray Hill because they had a no pet policy (I had two cats) and the listing agent did not know that fact. The good news was that shortly thereafter I found a coop in Carnegie Hill that was much better and that did allow both cats and dogs, although you did have to transport dogs via the service elevator.

Here in Charlotte we have some HOA neighborhoods that are not condos or townhomes that do have restrictions on the number and/or size of dogs one can have.

May 11, 2021 04:38 AM