Dog Rules – Who’s In Charge of Making Them?

When it comes to pets, dogs commonly raise more issues than cats in common interest developments, or should I say dog owners. Now do not get the idea that I don’t like dogs, or their owners. I am an animal lover, but not everyone is. And even as an animal lover, I do not care for inconsiderate pet owners who let their pets do bad things or bother others.

Here is one of the questions I recently received relating to dog matters.

“Hi Beth – I’m a board member of a 17 unit complex in California…our CCRs say owners can have 2 dogs which must be kept “inside the unit”. Does “inside the unit” include private patios? Or does this mean actually inside the door of their unit. Thanks so much.”

The answer would really depend on what the association governing documents say because there may be definitions that are pertinent to the inquiry, but it is likely the board has the authority to impose a rule interpreting the CC&Rs language to mean inside the dwelling. It is also likely that the “unit” definition describes the dwelling itself, and not the patio, but only a review of the documents would disclose this.

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2 Responses to Dog Rules – Who’s In Charge of Making Them?
  1. sandy mendez
    March 24, 2010 | 3:56 pm

    Hi Beth, I have lived in my condo for the last 25 years and when we have a termite problem both in and out , the asso. pays for it. now they are saying we will have to pay for all inside termite problems. I have never received any paper on this , any notice of any kind. Can they do this without any notification???
    Thank you

    • Beth Grimm
      March 24, 2010 | 8:18 pm

      It is possible for all these years that no one read the association governing documents until recently, or understood California law regarding termite responsibilities, and that is why the association paid all these years. As for whether notification is required? Probably not if someone just got enlightened about the responsibilities regarding termites. I cannot opine as to whether what the board did was right or wrong with regard to changing processes, because I am not familiar with the documents of the association, but they are a critical part of the inquiry.