My coop is in NJ. When I moved in 5 yrs ago it was made VERY clear in my admissions interview of the strict "no-pet" policy. I was thrilled, having just left an apartment building where my neighbors cat played in a hallway nxt to my bedroom, usually around 2am!
Unfortunately I have since seen someone on the first floor who sneaks his small 12-15 lb dog out the service elevator & side of building, where there are cameras. He used to put it in the baby carriage,then go for a walk. The building manager told him he was in violation, several SH having complained, but the owner threatened a lawsuit as he said we are allowing other pets and the building manager backed down. I was uncertain of another dog, which came onto the elevator with a young girl, and these suspicions have been confirmed as well. I do know that people have walked away from buying, having been told about our policy.
Now, I'm on the board and we have a possible new sale of a PH unit that has been on the market for some time. The new buyer says he has an old golden retriever that is probably in it's last year. I"m sorry, but we have a policy in place and like others before him, he should make arrangements for the final days of his beloved pet to live with other family. Needless to say, as a former pet owner, older dogs in their final days, tend to have accidents.
We polled the maintenance staff and they say they know of 12 cats in our 150 unit building. This is going to be a conversation in the next board meeting, but I'm 100% against this new buyer with the pet and feel we should take action against the other owners now. There are at least two SH, who gave up pets to live in our building and it isn't fair to them and that is why we have rules.
Anyone know if that 90 day rule exits in NJ if pets are known and not addressed? It is apparent that our building has been lax.
How would you handle this? I'm not afraid of sending letters to each SH and reminding them of the strict policy and then penalizing them if we can, ie instituting a fine for each month they do nothing about the pet.
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