So-called “55+ communities” and associations with pet and rental restrictions are taking a big hit
“expanding the right to have
that pet owners may choose from.”
Click HERE for a guide to changing the rules in your community to allow pets.
“…allowing pets in condos has a positive effect on condominium prices in the South Florida condo market.”
Listings of pet friendly apartments, condos, townhouses & homes
where your dog, cat, ferret, bunny, bird or other pet is allowed:
Home with Pets (national)
People with Pets (national)
ApartmentList.com (national), click on advanced and select Pet Friendly
You can search Apartment Guide by location and also by whether pets are allowed.
(first fill in desired location, then select Pets under Special Features). Rent.com offers a similar
(search by location and then select Pet Policy from the “Refine your search” options to the right side of the page).
So does www.rentlingo.com (see choces under the “more” dropdown list)
HSUS list of links(national, mainly for
Find pet friendly apartments at MyApartmentMap
(Pet Friendly Rentals Homes Condos Hotels Holiday Villas)
Find pet friendly vacation rentals in Florida on Vacation Rental Pros
Responsible pet owners make ideal tenants (and we say the same for making good unit owners!)
source: Miami’s Community Newspapers, Aventura edition, 2/8 – 2/14/2012, p. 8.
[We agree with Mr. Krut. See samples of reasonable pet guidelines here.)
Most of the condo “non pet” rules are outdated. They are inherited by new owner’s based on
rule’s set up 20/30 years when the Condo first opened. As building’s change they rules should
be updated to let all owner’s be happy, even the minority shareholder’s of the condo’s who would
like to own pets.
“I’m a realtor and most of Palm Beach island is restricted against pets of any kind. If you own a condo that allows pets, you actually have a much more desireable building and it’s easier to sell. It’s a benefit and owners should vote to amend their rules and regulations. All the new towers on Singer Island allow pets!!” — Kevin Dickenson, Realtor, commenting on our petition
As half of a working couple considering Florida for retirement, I think I’ll persuade my partner to abandon the idea. We don’t want to live without our companion animals! We’ll seek out real estate in another state and add to THEIR tax revenues. — comment on our petition
Allowing pets opens up the market, says a resident at The Addison in Boca Raton, FL. Within a month after establishing a pets-allowed policy three units were sold.
“The availability of condos that are friendly to pets is indeed a rare find. The benefits of this rule however serves these owners in hard times and in strong markets. They sell very quickly.
“With the growing demand for pet friendly residences it should be a reminder that pets do what they are trained to do behave and love and serve their masters. It should be a responsibility to each owner to love and respect their pets by maintaining those laws pertaining to enjoyment and sharing of common elements with those that may not be so understanding as to what a dog is to a loving family”.
Ruth Arnold, broker and owner of Rare Homes and Properties in Pompano Beach, says the market will affect pet policies more than any court case. She sees Baby Boomers demanding change, “I’m not going to buy, if I can’t bring my dog,” eventually translating into, “If I can’t sell my condo, the board needs to open up to buyers with pets.” In a matter of months, Ms. Arnold has watched communities — one being Leisureville in Pompano — amend pet policies, immediately raising property values by five to 10 percent. – It’s a Dogfight, by Athena Ponushis, 5/26/2011, Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter Florida Weekly.
Citizens for Pets in Condos believes that no-pet deed restrictions make properties less valuable in today’s culture. South Florida Business Journal reported a $1 billion dollar drop in residential property values in 2007. Read more here.
“…on average it doesn’t seem to be the case from our data that people with pets cause more damage,” says Josh Frank, co-founder of the Foundation for Interdisciplinary Research and Education Promoting Animal Welfare (FIREPAW). ‘And even in cases when they do cause damage, it’s less than
any pet deposit,
As a Realtor, I know the value of a condo DECREASES when pets are not allowed. It is time to realize that people do know how to clean up after their pets, and will do so. Open up the world to the friendship of pets!
— comment on our petition
Not being able to have pets in condos has ruined many sales in our complex. Ladies living alone want to have companion small pets (4-legged) but our condo rules state NO pets. It would be wonderful to be able to allow small pets. Would make life easier for many elderly single homeowners. — comment on our petition
How Pets Can be Good for Both Renters and Landlords (Sunday, May 24, 2009) by Marilyn Wolf, BS, CPDT –
Condos and apartments that allow pets increase the market thus increasing the value of their units,
Many more home buyers are looking for pet friendly communities to live in with their dogs and cats when
compared to those few who look for pet banned communities..
“Some condo and many co-op boards won’t allow dogs. They will, however, accept people who are noisy, less amusing and certainly not as well groomed. I wouldn’t care if these boards controlled boring buildings, but they happen to run a few of the properties we most covet. ” (source Let’s neuter co-op boards).
NOTE – Even though there
From our friends at Cyber Citizens for Justice –
Here is something we have said since many years: The more restrictions the less potential buyers. Please read: “Wynmoor residents fear rules may hurt sales” at: http://www.ccfj.net/condoWynmoor.html Wynmoor is a typical example for these old 55+ communities. They restrict nearly everything — and haven’t figured out that the new generation of retirees looking to buy condos (if there are still some coming down to Florida) hate too many restrictions — starting with pets! But as the saying goes: Can’t teach on old dog new tricks!
quote from What can you do if your condo doesn’t allow pets, Palm Beach Daily News, 5/4/2009:
…Many brokers here would agree with Douglas Rill, president of Century 21 on the island, who said, “We have found that it’s harder to sell a condo if they don’t allow dogs and cats. You can generally get more money for a place in a pet-friendly building. And no-pet properties may lead people to buy elsewhere — for example, Singer Island, where almost all the new condos allow pets.”
There has been a recent study of pets and condo sales in Fort Lauderdale by Tim Allen, professor and director of the Carter Real Estate Center at the College of Charleston. He said that his study of condominium sale prices, “clearly demonstrates that allowing pets has a significantly positive effect on condominium prices in this market.”
Rick Theise, president of the condo association at The Reefs, has found this to be true in our area as well.
“We find that 20 percent of those interested in moving in won’t even look at a place if it’s not pet-friendly,” he said. “And after they do move in, allowing pets makes a building friendlier because the pet people get to know each other.”…
“Are pets allowed? If so, is there a size or number limit?”
Phoenix’s prestigious Zazu Pannee Park Regent has redefined corporate relocation and temporary short term housing to include, among other things, Pets Welcome + Pet Watch Service.
Snowbirds care about allowing pets in condos! A Toronto, Ontario, Canada web site has a link to us: Houses for sale in Toronto
(Some developments cater to the furrier members of
“It is time for us to unite and take action to protect ourselves and our sweet pets from the many bizarre rules and regulations imposed upon us by condo comandos! It is almost impossible to find a home in South Florida that does not have some kind of a homeowners association. Most people don’t realize that when you become a “member” of one of these associations, you give up your rights under the United States Constitution! Who do these people think they are? Give a little bit of power to “little” people, and it becomes a BIG PROBLEM! Let’s turn the tide on them. Save a beloved pets from these ridiculous rules!” — comment on our petition
Helpful Realtors, by county:
Tracey Schmitt, pet owner
more pet-friendly realtors in Miami-Dade listed on Florida Pet Pages
A guide for homebuyers looking for pet-friendly condos on the Gulf of Mexico is now available.
To receive a free copy of “My Pet Loves Naples,” contact Jutta V. Lopez at Jutta@naples.com.
Go to Florida Pet Book for more pet-friendly realtors.
because they link back
to Citizens for Pets in Condos