M.R. from Westchester County, NY writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I live in a condo in Westchester County, NY. We have a one dog per unit rule. I requested a number of times and was decline to own a second dog. Our condo new construction of 140 units is half sold and the board approved newcomers with multiple dogs in order to make the sale. Where are my rights? Can I override their decisions? I did get a second dog and, of course, they want me to remove the dog. Please advise.
Mister Condo replies:
M.R., as a dog lover myself, I feel your pain. It is unfortunate that you went out and got a second dog before this issue had been resolved between you and your Board. From a purely technical standpoint, I do not believe your Board has done anything illegal. However, from an ethical standpoint I can completely see how you feel slighted that the rules you agreed to abide by are being set aside for new residents. The simplest answer is for you to sell your existing unit and purchase one of the new units where the rules are different. However, that may not be financially feasible. Renew your request to the Board to allow you to have more than one dog. Be sure to cite the examples you have discussed here. If you wish to add a little “oomph” to your request, I would suggest you hire an attorney and bring suit against the Board for discriminating against you as an existing owner. You may not win the suit but you may get the Board to grant your request just to avoid the nuisance of having to hire an attorney to defend against the suit. Ideally, they will change the policy from one dog to two dogs since they have clearly abandoned the long standing one dog rule. All the best!