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Old 11-19-2009, 11:47 AM
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There are pets in the HOA community. The board member who lives on my floor and is the one complaining has two dogs (Yorkies, I think. I have a Pointer).

I did get a copy of the condo documents and it does not mention renters at all. It also never states only owners can have pets. It states: "The keeping of a dog or other pet at (the condo property name) is not a right of an apartment owner but is a conditional license. This conditional license is subject to termination at any time by the Board of Directors upon finding that a dog or other pet is vicious, is annoying to other residents, or has in any way become a nuisance. The owner of a pet assumes liability for all damage to persons or property caused by the pet or resulting from its presence at the property."

Then it goes on to say the pet must be on a leash at all times outside the unit (my dog is) and must not be curbed, as in tied to a tree or something (she's not).

I realize they are trying to bully me, but I won't go without a fight. I'm talking with my landlord and his lawyer today. This one woman, who happens to be on the board, is the ONLY complaint. And she has only seen my dog once.
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:12 PM
Location: Ohio
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Good for you. Sounds like you have a support system and are going about it properly.

One of the main points is that you cannot be treated differently than any other renter. The only loophole is that phrase "annoying to other residents" which is big enough to drive (their) car through it. A judge could rule either way depending on whether she/he is an animal lover.

Good luck.
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