Pets in condos. Cats. Chinchillas. Iguanas. Dogs. San Francisco is, after all, rumored to have more dogs than children. What happens when dangerous animals roam the halls? Or when innocent Fido gets heavier than the building weight limit? This week on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about a subject that’s near and dear to a lot of people’s hearts – pets and homeowners’ associations (HOA’s).
Being able to finally take give a home for a pet is a very common reason people think about switching from renting to homeownership. However, communal living requires shared agreements about when and where you can do your own thing, and animals tend to want to always do their own thing. Condo homes always have HOAs which, among other things, include rules about animals.
We talk about covenants, conditions, and restriction (CC&Rs) set by HOAs about pets in condos; what kind of restrictions are sometimes put in place? Common restrictions for pets in condos can include the number of pets allowed but current state law requires that at least one pet per unit is to be allowed.
Each HOA can also set restrictions on breed, size or weight. Hmmm… We can see there is a lot of potential for complications around some of these restrictions. People often think of their pets as family members, but to what lengths would people go to keep their pets with them?
Matt and Britton share some interesting stories of people and their pets, as well as some terrible stories of incidents that have happened.
Hearing about just a few incidents with pets in condos we can see how having some of the rules in place makes good sense. On the other hand, it is often true what they say: there is no such thing as bad dogs, only bad owners. We would love to hear more about your experience with HOAs enforcing rules about animals!
Escrow Out Loud: San Francisco Real Estate
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If you are thinking of adding a pet to your family we urge you to adopt, not buy!
Also, remember to always spay and neuter your pets!