R.C. from Lake County, Indiana writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Our condo prohibits pets with the exception of service dogs as required by federal law. Now a Board member wants to change the rule to allow pets. Several of us have allergies to dogs and cats. Do we have any recourse if the rule is changed?
Mister Condo replies:
R.C., volunteer leaders from within the community association are elected to serve the unit owners of the condominium or HOA they live in. If these leaders are not protecting the will of the people, they should be summarily elected out of office and replaced with leaders who will serve and protect the interests of those who elected them. That being said, if the majority of unit owners are in favor of pets, the Board may just be following the will of the people. You always have recourse. Petition the Board to reject the rule change to allow pets. If enough unit owners feel the same way, it is unlikely that a majority of Board members would vote in favor of such a change. All the best!