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  • Pets in Condominiums

    Posted by Mark Hambridge on March 6, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Roberto Noce Q.C., in his Calgary Herald article on page D4 on 2022 03 05, discusses buying into a pet-friendly condominium where the prospective owners want assurance that pets will always be allowed. He points out that the bylaws could change, but a 2×75% majority would be required.

    Noce omits to suggest that the new bylaws, if and when they change, could specify that the existing owners of existing pets could be ‘grandfathered’ so that their situation is allowed until a pet dies, or the owners decide to reduce the number of pets in compliance with a new bylaw (which is what we did at our condominium when we re-wrote the developer’s bylaws).

    This is a situation where the bylaws can be drafted to be compassionate over a changing situation; they don’t always have to be ‘black or white’.

    Terry Gibson replied 1 year, 9 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Terry Gibson

    March 8, 2022 at 8:15 am

    I understand that grandfathering frequently means that a dog that was on its last legs all of a sudden becomes young and vibrant—drinking from the fountain of youth, no doubt?

    Seriously, when dogs are grandfathered, owners often replace an old dog with a younger one because the condo board has no idea what I understand the dog looks like.

    In my experience, no dogs are a good idea in an apartment condo, but I am only one person.

    The community needs to decide what it wants.

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