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How to decipher HOA pet rules

Mike HunterQ: I own a home that is governed by the N.C. Condominium Act. In the recorded Declaration of Condominium, there is a specific section regarding animals. It prohibits commercial breeding and exotic animals, but specifically allows common household pets “including but not limited to dogs, cats, canaries, parakeets, etc.” After I bought my home, the HOA supplemented its rules and regulations to change the language in the recorded covenants to allow only two cats or two dogs and no more than four pets total. I am now renting the home and I have been told that my tenant, who has three dogs, is in violation. The dogs are small, each under 8 pounds, and they have not caused a safety issue for other residents. I always thought that rights afforded in recorded covenants could not be restricted by changes in the rules and regulations. Is this not correct?

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Who Do They Think They Are?

Members of your community association board have a big responsibility, and they have the legal authority to carry out their roles. Where do they get this authority?

First, most states have statutes—such as a condominium act (NCGS 47C) or homeowner association act (NCGS 47F)—that legally empower elected volunteer community association boards to act on...

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