Why Behavior-Based Rules Are An HOA’s Manager’s Best Friend

Published: 07/12/2021

- by Alana Ashby


Many HOAs have rules related to pets, including restrictions based on size, breed, and number of pets.

Pets in communities may lead to differences among community members like other community issues such as noise violations and parking restrictions. Like most nuisance issues, these concerns can be easily mitigated by educating homeowners of the CC&Rs and the community’s by-laws and rules that should be reasonably enforced by the community’s leadership.

Here are some reasonable suggestions regarding pets:

     Rules are most effective when they are based on behaviors, not breed or weight.

     Keep all your homeowners comfortable by requiring that dogs stay leashed in common areas.

     Prevent pet waste from becoming a problem by placing trash receptacles or mutt mitt stations with pet waste bags in strategic locations around the property. You can use security cameras to identify people who do not pick up pet waste.

     If a dog’s barking is an issue, suggest using physically and mentally stimulating smart toys to keep the dog from getting bored. Doggy daycare is another great option.

     Sterilization not only prevents accidental litters, but it also affects a pet’s propensity for aggressive behavior. Require community pets be spayed and neutered for everyone’s peace of mind.

Alana Ashby, CMCA and owner of AMI, helped to establish and served as a Board Member for Community Associations Institute (CAI) Idaho Chapter. Alana has extensive experience in all aspects of financial management, real estate development and management, as well as negotiation.

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