What to do if we recently bought a vacation condo and one of the “condo rules regulations states only owners are allowed pets?

I own 5 dogs and our son took one of them when he went on vaction. This was his dog when he still lived at home but he has since married and moved out. We were contated today by the HOA representative that a couple of people had complained that he had a dog there and he is not the owner. It does not state in the rules and regulations that the owners must be present when our pets are and we thought it would be okay if he took the dog with him. It also gives us a bit of a break too. Are we correct in the belief that as long as the pet does belong to us, the owners, the pet can be at the condo with or without us?

Asked on July 20, 2012 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I think that you can make an argument either way here.  It "appears" as if you are renting the place out - even though you are not - and that the renter has the pet.  I would contact the HOA representative back and tell him or her just what you said here: it is your son and your dog who has already been noted.  It is not a rental of the condo to an outsider but use by your family who brought down your pet. Then let it go and see what happens. If they persist you might seek help.  Good luck.

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