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bought a dog when I moved to my new place because the lease said I could have one. Now the condo board has told me that I have to get rid of my dog because he's too big. What should I do?

by Guest778  |  6 years, 7 month(s) ago

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bought a dog when I moved to my new place because the lease said I could have one. Now the condo board has told me that I have to get rid of my dog because he's too big. What should I do?

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  1. Guest779

     When you rent a condominium unit, you must obey the Residential Tenancies Act, the Condominium Property Act and the condominium bylaws. If the condominium bylaws put restrictions on the size of pets that are allowed, then you are bound by those bylaws even if you did not know about them. The agreement between you and your landlord is not binding on the condo board. The condo board has the power to fine you and even evict you, even if your landlord wants you to stay living in the property.

     
    What can you do if your condo board says you have to get rid of your pet?
     
    Get a copy of the condominium bylaws from your landlord, the condo board, or the property management company. You need to see the bylaws so that you know exactly what they say about pets. You may have to pay for a copy of the bylaws.
    Contact the condo board to set up a meeting to talk to them, or to find out the date of the next regular meeting. You should keep all of the communications that you have with the condo board in writing so that you can prove what was said in case there is a dispute.
    Prepare for the meeting with the condo board. You should have a copy of your lease. You should gather up all of the paperwork that you have for your pet, including vaccination and veterinary records. You may also want to consider getting letters of recommendation for your pet from your vet and a previous landlord. You might also want to draft a pet resume that gives the basic information about your pet.
    Be prepared to negotiate. Your ultimate goal is probably to keep your pet and keep living in the property, so you should think about reasons of why you and your pet staying is beneficial to the board. What are you going to do if the board says that you cannot have your pet in the building? Are you going to sell or give away your pet? See if you can find somewhere for your pet to stay temporarily? Move? Ask for more time from the condo board so that you can find somewhere to live? These are all things that you should think about before you go into the meeting.
    Know where you can go to get legal help. If you do not think you have been treated fairly, or if you think the board is doing something against the law, then you may want to have a consultation with a lawyer.

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