It’s time to look for a 55+ community.
The kids are moved out and all that’s left is you, your spouse, and little Fluffy (or maybe big Fluffy).
One of the most common questions we get now days is, can I bring my pet? Will the HOA allow it?
For many homeowners, pets are more than just another animal. They’re practically family.
Few people look forward to moving and ditching the dog.
So the big question remains, can I bring my pet with me, when I move to a senior community?
HOA Rules Regarding Pets
A house full of fur
In most of the communities that Leisure Villas builds, at least the ones we still maintain an influence on HOA’s, we try to accommodate pets. When it comes to cats and dogs, some people are very attached to their furry friends.
Since most of our homes are built as quads, there are some shared walls. We insulated these walls very well, but if you’ve got a lot of noisy pets, that could still cause some consternation for your neighbors.
Because of this, we have needed to create a few rules. The first rule is that we limit the number of pets you can own. Each household is allowed one pet.
Of course, we have an accommodation in the rules for new move-ins. If you have two pets, you are allowed to bring them both, but once one dies, you cannot replace it, thus maintaining the one pet rule.
Second, the type of pets
I’ve never had anyone try it, but for obvious reasons, the HOA limits pets to cats and dogs. I’ve never had someone try to get a domestic cow or rooster approved for their home, but don’t try.
Nevertheless, there are some aggressive species of dog that the HOA does provide rules against. Any dog that can be deemed as a vicious breed, is not allowed in the community. Sorry if you love your Rottweilers, they may be a good dog for you, but Fido might need to move in with your kids.
Also, any pet that is bred or maintained for commercial purposes is not allow.
Third, if you do plan on having a pet
Please keep in mind that you need to be courteous to your neighbors. Specific rules include: Cleaning up after your pet. By all means, you need to walk the dog, but don’t leave any surprises for your neighbor to put their foot in. Don’t forget your leash. Your pet must stay on a leash whenever you are outside.
Violation of these simple rules will result in fines, starting at $10 for the first offense, then $25 for every time after that.
If your pet persists in being a nuisance, the HOA has the right to evict your pet. For the most part, pets aren’t the problem. The problem is usually homeowners who don’t properly manage their pets.
In short, pets are welcome in our communities. Just be courteous when considering your neighbors. That’s all the rules are there to help ensure.