One of the most popular gifts given during the holiday season is the gift of “man’s best friend.” While we all love our furry family members, it’s important to remember that all associations have established rules in place regarding dog ownership.
Before you purchase a pooch this holiday season, make sure you ask your association management and Board members what your community’s rules are regarding dogs.
In the meantime, keep these points in mind as you apply for seasonal puppy adoption.
Restrictions on Numbers, Weight, and Breeds
Every association has its rules about the specifics of dog ownership. Some of the most common restrictions you’ll see in most communities are:
- Breed restrictions
- Maximum size limits
- A limit on the number of dogs per property
So, before you rush out to bring home an adorable new puppy, first, take a look around your home and meet with your association management to ensure that your decision isn’t one that ends in heartache.
Pets Must Be Registered
Pet registration is important in an HOA because it allows management to keep track of pets and alert owners if their pet has violated any regulations or caused damage to HOA property.
Before purchasing a pet, submit pet registration forms to your management company and create a generally safer environment for you and your pet.
Keep Up With Vaccinations
If you are planning on owning dogs, your HOA may require you to present proof of a rabies vaccine. Always keep your pet’s vaccinations records on hand so that you can continually update your pet’s association records over the years and keep up a positive relationship between management and your fur baby.
Homeowners Must Pick Up Their Pet’s Waste
Keeping the community clean is one of the biggest priorities of HOA management. So, if you are going to bring home a new dog this holiday season, be prepared to do your part and clean up your pet’s waste on your property and around the community.
Failure to do so can result in unpleasant neighbors and even more unpleasant fines as a result of your CC&R violations.
Keep Restraint in Mind
Leashes are typically mandatory when a person takes their dog out into the neighborhood on a walk. However, some communities have designated off-leash areas, so it’s always a great idea to look into how your management approaches leash restrictions before making an assumption.
Remember, Owners Are Liable for Their Pet’s Actions
Never forget that even a loving animal can cause destruction or injuries. Most associations will have an owner liability clause in place that holds homeowners accountable for the actions of their pets. So, be prepared to accept full responsibility if your pet accidentally (or purposefully) damages community property or harms another animal/community member.
Create Pet Restrictions That Keep Your Association Comfortable With Goodwin & Company
If you are a board member of a newer association, it’s important to have all of your regulatory bases covered when it comes to the satisfaction of your community’s owners.
Working with an experienced HOA management company like Goodwin & Company can help your board create fair and balanced CC&Rs that keep the majority of your owners happy and your association headed in the right direction.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and how your association can become a part of the Goodwin family!