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Offline responsiblek9

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No-pet condo means no pets
« on: March 07, 2011, 01:16:17 AM »
No-pet condo means no pets
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Re: No-pet condo means no pets
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2011, 02:41:54 PM »
I'm confused about which law applies here. Since we're talking about condos (apartments that are owned by the people living in them, rather than rented from a landlord who owns the apartment) does the FHAA apply? Is the FHAA only applicable to rentals or to owned housing as well, like condos or freestanding houses in neighborhoods with homeowners' associations and restrictive covenants?
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Re: No-pet condo means no pets
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2011, 02:49:14 PM »
I have no idea which law would apply.  I never had any problems with my condo association.  The pet policy there was no more than 3 pets per unit, and no dogs over 50 pounds.  At the time I got Bear, I already had 3 cats.  I just wrote them a letter asking for a reasonable accommodation to allow the extra (and over-sized) animal.  They had no problem with my request.  It probably helped that pets are allowed there, and that there are still some over-sized dogs in the complex that were grandfathered in when the size restrictions went in place. 

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Re: No-pet condo means no pets
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011, 04:52:53 PM »
Condo associations  set the rules- one of the reasons my parents sold their condo-- the rules and fees change every year..I would think any time you have  Homeowners association that there is a blend of private ownership(inside the unit) and 'business/landlord' regulations (outside, common areas)
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Re: No-pet condo means no pets
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2011, 05:31:06 PM »
The FHAA applies, just as it applies to sales and rentals of housing.  Basically, when one entity exerts influence over how another uses their own home (rented or owned) within the law, then the FHAA is going to tend to apply.  Unless somehow the condo is run by a church or on certain kinds of Native American property, military owned property, etc.

There are some cases on the front end of the site that involve condo associations.  They're treated the same, more or less, as landlords.
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