Hurricane Ian pummeled Florida’s southwestern coast last week, causing dozens of deaths, generating widespread property damage, and knocking out access to basic utilities in communities across the state. Considered one of the worst natural disasters in the state’s history, cleanup, restoration, and rebuilding efforts are ongoing and will take some time.
People consider pets as part of the family so it’s important for community associations to embrace that and document guidelines for pet ownership to ensure a positive and productive relationship for all.
Sit. Stay. Set standards: The most valid and enforceable pet restrictions are written in community declarations
When drafting or amending pet rules in community associations, it’s important to be familiar with local laws. It’s also essential to review your community’s declaration to ensure rules can’t potentially be challenged by an owner as unreasonable.
Communities striving to be pet-friendly can sometimes end up in the doghouse, and it’s usually not the animal’s fault. Create fair and reasonable pet rules to keep the fur from flying.