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Old 06-09-2012, 07:50 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Our house is on the market and we are wanting to relocate to Charleston, SC when it sells.

I've been looking at HOA covenants and generally they list (2) pets. I have 2 miniature dashchunds and my 83 year old Mother who lives with us has a small toy fox terrier. (All are mostly inside dogs and we are extremely responsible - cleaning up after our pets, obedience trained, etc.)

This puts us over the limit. Does anyone know if there are any cases where special consideration is given based on size? Paying extra in HOA fees?

Otherwise we are going to be out of the market for most or all subdivisions in the Charleston area.

Thanks!
~Barb
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Windsor Hill, North Charleston, SC
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Our house is on the market and we are wanting to relocate to Charleston, SC when it sells.

I've been looking at HOA covenants and generally they list (2) pets. I have 2 miniature dashchunds and my 83 year old Mother who lives with us has a small toy fox terrier. (All are mostly inside dogs and we are extremely responsible - cleaning up after our pets, obedience trained, etc.)

This puts us over the limit. Does anyone know if there are any cases where special consideration is given based on size? Paying extra in HOA fees?

Otherwise we are going to be out of the market for most or all subdivisions in the Charleston area.

Thanks!
~Barb
Most of those covenants are meant to deter people from keeping kennels-worth of animals in their backyards.

I doubt VERY SERIOUSLY that a neighbor would have an issue with your one extra lap dog.
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Same here
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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All is takes is one neighbor or more likely -one neighborhood busy body to make a complaint- then you will be asked to get your pet limit down to two.
They could also fine you daily for every day you are over the limit. Don't pay your fines, they can also move to foreclose. And it's highly unlikely they would make an exception for you. No reason to- if they make one for you then they have to do the same for all others.

Keep looking - not everywhere is a HOA. HOA's are fine if you like them, but they are not for everybody.
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Old 06-09-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Summerville
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If it is in the rules of the HOA they can enforce it, plain as that, so as others have said it only takes one or two neighbors who don't like you or your dog and wam you have an issue...
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: On the border of off the grid
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Not that I would be interested in an HOA, but does it really limit you to "two pets"? I mean, that's awfully vague. What if you have a bird, a tank of fish and a dog? Or 2 cats and a dog? Could you claim, "Oh, i thought you meant two KINDS of pets!"?
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:04 PM
 
Location: N.Charleston,SC
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I would NEVER live in a neighborhood where a HOA would tell me how I could live........

Cant you just find somewhere else to live,,,,like you want.
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:09 PM
 
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Not all HOA's limit pets or have a limit of 2 pets. You would have to read the covenants of each HOA you are interested in living in.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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The HOA where I live doesn't have a pet limitation. I wouldn't be too concerned about it. You'll have plenty of places to choose from.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Two pets seems like a very restrictive rule, so I would be very worried about moving into that HOA even if they did make an exception. What else are they restricting? The only pet restrictions I saw in any of the HOAs we looked into possibly moving into we're the standard clean up after variety.
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