M.C. from Hartford County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Mister Condo replies:
M.C., as a pet lover, myself, I am not a fan of condos that don’t allow pets. However, as a condo dweller, I appreciate the need to regulate the size and quantity of pets in a community association. As to whether the Board can create rules that apply only to renters, there is a fair amount of precedent that indicates that they can. Additionally, since renters are not vested owners in the community, there is little recourse they would have if such a rule were put in place. Many apartments and even most homes that are available for rent routinely disallow pets. The argument is that pets cause additional wear and tear on the common elements. It can be challenging enough to get unit owners to comply with pet rules. That challenge is often doubled with renters as they do not share in the same vested interest of the community’s well-being as a unit owner. Having a rule against renters owning pets simply makes the rules enforcement much simpler, and cost-effective, for the entire community association.