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owning a condo/pets

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south dakota
i recently bought a condo in a condominium assoc. that also rents. when i first started looking here, there were "no pets" signs on the front doors. i told my realtors that i had cats and they said they didn't think it was a big deal, that they knew of people who had pets here. i then assumed that the signs were for those that were renting. i bought a condo and didn't get the association's book until after i closed. skimmed through the book and found that it was okay for owners to have a small pet/bird. now i got a letter that states i'm not supposed to have any pets, along with addendums i hadn't seen before, plus, an ultimatum that i must get rid of my pets in a week or the association will do whatever it takes, including legal whatever, to do so. what should i do - i've had my cat for over 10 years - pets are not pets in my life, they're my kids. please help!


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Both you and your idiot Realtors should have called the HOA and confirmed the pet policy and read the legal condo documents before closing.

Now you are stuck.


roslyn - i'm also having trouble with my condo board re parking. i'm no lawyer, but since the condo rule says small pet/or bird i would think your cat would qualify. persist. these boards have become horrible dictators. if your cat never goes out and is trictly an indoor cat, then tell them you no longer have the cat and keep her under wraps. you cannot give away your "child" i've been there and what they're asking is cruel. don't give in to them!

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