Pet Restrictions in Condos in Boca Raton FL

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Pet Restrictions in Condos in Boca Raton FL

pet restrictions in condos in boca raton fl


Pet restrictions in condos are not all the same.  If you're looking to buy a pet-friendly condo in Boca Raton FL, make sure you are familiar with all the pet restrictions first.  As it turns out, they can be far more complex than you would think.


Recently I worked with a couple who have two small Poodles.  You would think it would be easy because of their size.  Unfortunately, not so!   


One oceanfront condo had pet restrictions of one dog maximum 20 lbs.  In addition, you had to post a $ 5000 bond and, if your dog made noise, you would be given a five-day notice to have the dog removed.  Really?!  You're buying a condo to live in and they give you five days to get rid of a family member for noise?  And they call it pet friendly.  


Restrictions at another nearby condo said two dogs maximum 20 lbs.  Now, these particular Havanese weigh 12 lbs each, so their total was 24 lbs.  We were told no good.  They would not even consider it.  The rule is the rule.  Two pounds per dog really does matter when looking at condos with dogs! 


Yet another pet-friendly condo told us they allowed one dog maximum 25 lbs, but they have made exceptions and taken two.  Buyers were not comfortable with this scenario.


Additionally, no pets were allowed to visit in any of these buildings.  So if you have a family member with a pet who wants to visit and, let's face it, bring their furkid along, it's not allowed.  That clinched it for these particular buyers who decided to buy a house instead.  


The takeaway is do your homework and work with a pet-friendly Realtor® ,


Pet-friendly condos in Boca Raton and Highland Beach do exist - they really do.  They work for many people and the buildings are full.   As long as you know the requirements are upfront, you can make an educated decision whether you can live within the rules and regulations governing the condo with regard to your cats and/or dogs.  For some people, it works great; for others, not so much.  Everyone is different.


There is always a compromise in real estate.  When looking for a dog-friendly condo in Boca Raton or Highland Beach, know what you're dealing with.  You and your furry friend don't want any surprises later on.  



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Comments (8)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Elyse. Your pet-friendly knowledge is amazing. Pet or not, I would not make a real estate decision in your area without your expertise. Enjoy your day.

Aug 05, 2021 04:53 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good Afternoon Wayne,  Thank you kindly for your vote of confidence.  Have a great day!

Aug 05, 2021 11:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Elyse... I so appreciate how you keep people informed about the pet friendly buildings in your market... as a dog and cat mom, I can't imagine living without pets in my home.

Aug 05, 2021 05:04 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good afternoon Nina,  Thank you and you as well.  Like you, I can't imagine living without my pets in my home.

Aug 11, 2021 10:12 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Elyse Berman, PA I can see both sides of the issue. Perhaps because my next door neighbor has 4 dogs that bark all the time. But 2 dogs each under 20 pounds as well as visiting furbabies that are leashed should be allowed.

Aug 05, 2021 07:37 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good afternoon Rocky Dickerson .  I hear you but oftentimes here the pet restrictions make no sense.  It sounds like your neighbor keeps their dogs outside.   It's too hot here and, I would think, too hot in Vegas, as well.

Aug 11, 2021 10:13 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am stunned at all these restrictions, but I am guess that is life in the condo world.  Great information you shared with your readers.  A

Aug 05, 2021 07:55 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Ron and Alexandra Seigel Thank you.  So are most people.  You don't realize it until you have an issue, so it's always best to tell buyers upfront.

Aug 11, 2021 10:15 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Elyse,  One of the questions I ask new buyers looking for a condo is they have pets and what kind and if a dog how big.  See lots of condos that had weitght restrictions here.


Aug 05, 2021 08:17 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hi Will Hamm .  That's interesting and nice to know it's not only in south Florida.  We have many gated communities with weight restrictions too.

Aug 11, 2021 10:16 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

You are lucky in Boca Raton and the surrounding area to have quite a few pet friendly communities.

Aug 05, 2021 08:43 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

We are Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty .  How about by you; do you have any?

Aug 11, 2021 10:15 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Elyse- you've pointed out some issues that pet owners may not think about when buying their new home!!! They need to call an expert like yourself!!!

Aug 05, 2021 07:13 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hi Kathy, Thanks, I hope so.  It's a shame to find out later.

Aug 11, 2021 10:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share.

Take care, be safe and have a productive summer.

Aug 12, 2021 04:43 AM