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Old 01-02-2014, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Tolland, Connecticut
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I'm in the market for a condo, and also want to get a labrador retriever.

Does anyone know if HOA's limit pet sizes that would be allowed in the community? A lab can grow to between 80-100 lbs.

Thanks.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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They can technically set standards on size of pet. I'm not sure what legal standing they have, but it would be best not to have to deal with any drama (take it from a former condo owner with a nightmare HOA president).

That said, our condo did allow any pets. I think the restrictions on pet size might be more common on apartment-style condos in urban areas.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Conn.
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Thumbs up some condos have a size limit

In the condo where I live, which is poorly managed, there is a size limit of 20 lbs. for dogs and no dogs allowed for renters (which we have in about half the units). However, there are pit bulls, boxers, huskies, Labradors and many other large dogs in our place, nay owned by renters. In my opinion, the small dogs are usually the problem with the barking. Best advice I can give is to talk to people in the complexes you are considering and find out if size limits are enforced. You would not want to get a pet and then have to either give it up, or move out. The realtor should let you know about pet restrictions. A condo near me made a blanket rule a few years ago, no pets and existing pets were not "grand-fathered" in. Every owner had to get rid of whatever pets they had and one woman, who had a fish tank, was reported by a neighbor and even had to get rid of the fish and tank. That is extreme!

Good luck in your search.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:14 PM
 
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Yes, they can set rules.

Mine has a 40lb cap on dogs and 20 gallon max on fish tanks.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:21 PM
 
Location: West End-Hartford
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Every condo community is different and most have rules regarding pets; how many and what types are allowed, size restrictions, and sometimes breed restrictions. Some allow no pets. You'll need to check with the management company for each complex, as they are all unique. The condo bylaws should state the specific restrictions for each community.
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Middletown, CT
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I would think twice about a place with someone below you. Townhouse is better.
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:30 PM
 
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In the condo where I live, which is poorly managed, there is a size limit of 20 lbs. for dogs and no dogs allowed for renters (which we have in about half the units). However, there are pit bulls, boxers, huskies, Labradors and many other large dogs in our place, nay owned by renters. In my opinion, the small dogs are usually the problem with the barking. Best advice I can give is to talk to people in the complexes you are considering and find out if size limits are enforced. You would not want to get a pet and then have to either give it up, or move out. The realtor should let you know about pet restrictions. A condo near me made a blanket rule a few years ago, no pets and existing pets were not "grand-fathered" in. Every owner had to get rid of whatever pets they had and one woman, who had a fish tank, was reported by a neighbor and even had to get rid of the fish and tank. That is extreme!

Good luck in your search.
How can they even legally do that? OK, I can maybe understand not allowing NEW pets, but I can't imagine any court would uphold not even grandfathering old ones.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:13 AM
 
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A lab needs to run, and can't run inside or outside of a condo. Why not look at a small house?
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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I can't think of any condo in my area that would allow such a big dog, because of liability insurance.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:18 AM
 
Location: NC
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Are you nuts? (My first reaction.)

A lab is no type of dog for a condo unless he is perhaps over 10 yrs old. Really, you should ask yourself why you want a lab in particular, then see whether or not those attributes fit in with having a dog of that breed in this type of confinement. Crating a dog for 8 or 9 hrs a day is also not good for a big dog, and if you don't you might end up with a trashed property.

FWIW, I recently was surprised to read that greyhounds can be happy in an apartment. Who knew?
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