Read the HOA Rules BEFORE You Buy

If you’re buying a condo with shared areas or amenities, the property is likely has a homeowner’s association (HOA).

Cono association restricts pets

As a home buyer you have the right to revivew HOA governing documents beforehand. The contents of these documents will help you decide if the building community is the right fit for you. Governing documents include :

  • CC&Rs – or Declaration of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions are the rules of the building
  • Bylaws – describe HOW the association is run
  • Articles of incorporation – legal document that contains the association’s name, location, and purpose
  • Rules and regulations – stipulations on what kind of pets are allowed, limitations on how you can decorate the exterior of your home / hallways, etc.

Generally speaking, an HOA does have the ability to dictate what kind, and the number of pets are allowed in the building – restrictions vary from association to association. Some of the most common HOA dog restrictions, though, include:

  • A limit on the number of pets per household
  • An HOA pet weight limit for each dog
  • A list of approved dog breeds
  • Requirements on pets to be spayed or neutered

An HOA will enforce the CC&Rs, and if you violate them you run the risk of potential penalties. Penalties can include :

  • Fines
  • Facility suspensions
  • Forced compliance
  • Lawsuits

If you’re looking to purchase in a building with an HOA be sure to review all of the documents available to you. The last thing you want to endure is closing on a dream home just to find out your best furry friend isn’t allowed to come with you.

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