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The Top 3 Pet Policy Problems (And How To Solve Them)

Posted by IKO Community Management on October 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM

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Are you ready to be a good neighbor and pet owner? Learn how to solve top pet policy problems in HOA communities.

Problem 1: Dog waste is in common areas. This is a problem because dog waste spreads disease and unwanted animal attention. It also affects selling and renting properties in your HOA community.
It also elicits a conflict with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a violation of the Clean Water Act. This leads to fines for failure to keep the property clean. These fines can affect the entire HOA and individual residents - whether they have a dog or not.
Solution 1: Educate residents about pet policy in your HOA community. Discuss the location of waste disposal stations around your neighborhood. After initial education, send a map with disposal stations and dog parks.
Remind residents of HOA fines and consequences for failure to dispose of dog waste or hire a clean-up crew. If these efforts aren't working, use DNA testing. This tests samples of uncollected dog waste and allows for proper measures. 
 
Problem 2: You hear a dog barking during "off" hours, or it causes damage to your backyard trampoline, pool, or recycling bins. These circumstances are nuisances, according to the Educational Community for Homeowners in California. Nuisances are also considered the following:
  • Making excessive noise, such as barking, yelping, or whining for more than 5 minutes in a 1-hour period

  • Causing damage to or destruction of another's property

  • Causing unsanitary, dangerous, or offensive conditions, including offensive odor from excessive excrement

  • Creating a pest, parasite, or scavenger control problem, which isn't treated

  • Chasing, running after, or jumping at vehicles moving on streets and alleys

  • Attacking, biting, or injuring a person

  • Snapping, growling, snarling, jumping upon or threatening persons without provocation whether the dog is confined by fence, chain, or leash, or under the voice control of a responsible person

  • Howling, yelping, whining, or barking in such a manner that disturbs any person

  • Feeding from, turning over, or otherwise disturbing garbage containers

  • Scratching or digging in flowerbeds or otherwise damaging the property of another owner

  • Going onto the property of another or onto common areas to attack another animal or fowl

  • Crawling upon, sleeping on, scratching, or otherwise soiling the property of another

Solution 2: Ask that annoyed homeowners put nuisance complaints in writing. This complaint is then sent to the pet owner as a warning. If the HOA problem persists, the HOA board should set up a meeting with the pet owner to find solutions. If the solutions don't work, introduce consequences like HOA fines or removal from property
 
Problem 3: Your next-door neighbor has more than three dogs in their condominium, or someone's hiding a Great Dane in a townhome. Many residents skirt by pet policies about size, number of animals, type of animal, and other specific rules.
 
Solution 3: Educate residents about which animals and how many are allowed per single-family home, townhome, or condominium. Send an explanation of why these pet policies are in place. It could be to protect other residents, keep common areas clean, or adhere to fire code.
Require pet registration with photo, emergency contact information, and verification of vaccinations upon move-in. Allow annoyed residents to send in written complaints. Discuss the HOA problem with the pet owner during an HOA meeting. 

We hope these solutions to pet policy problems solve neighbor disputes in your HOA community. If you need more help, download IKO's HOA Guide To Pet Rules & Regulations by clicking below:

Download the HOA Guide to Pet Rules and Regulations

Topics: HOA Board, Homeowners