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Pet Owners Beware!

If you own a pet, it is essential to know your new residence's pet policy and restrictions before considering moving into a new home. Whether renting or buying a new home, this will save you a lot of heartache from the possibility of having to decide between your new home and a cherished pet.

First, look at your HOA pet policy. Both renters and homeowners should be aware that there are some HOA policies out there that have a strict NO PET policy. So it is essential to know if and how many pets are allowed. HOAs also may regulate the number of pets, the breed types, and the size of the pets that are permitted. Under the Fair Housing Act, however, people with disabilities are allowed reasonable accommodations, such as having a service animal or an emotional support animal. The HOA cannot impose pet restrictions on these animals. Under these circumstances, they are not allowed to refuse certain breeds, weights, or sizes.

You must also check your municipality for pet ordinances before signing any contract to purchase or lease your home. These local ordinances can cover several areas related to dogs, including restricting loose dogs, the number of dogs you may have in your home, and the ability to keep a dog with a history of biting or other attacks. Your pets are a part of your family, so it is an important step before moving into a new home. After all, your home is where your dog runs to greet you.


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