Strategic policies can equip condominium buildings to be pet-friendly while helping managers and residents avoid unnecessary problems. Here are some pet policy considerations for condos.
Create Outdoor Spaces for Dogs
If there isn’t anywhere in close proximity to a building where residents can take their pets for a quick trip out, the creative solutions that they come up with may be less than ideal. Residents may even resort to bringing pets to a parking area. This practice could be dangerous for pets. Also, it is preferable for pets to use a grassy surface because it can absorb odors from liquid waste better. Buildings should try to designate areas for owners to take dogs outside. If they have adequate space, a bark park would be an excellent condo amenity to offer residents.
Offer Waste Disposal Options
Dog owners need waste receptacles in areas where they will be going for walks. Condos should put a premium pet waste station in pet walking areas or parks. Also, they should have waste receptacles near a building’s entrances.
Encourage Responsible Ownership
Pet owners want their buildings to stay pet friendly, so it’s in their interest to practice responsible ownership. Encouragement from managemers helps. They can promote good conduct about pet ownership several ways. Signage reminding people to clean up after their pets has some utility. Likewise, the presence of cameras will help to deter residents from violating any rules and regulations pertaining to pets.
Condos need to consider the importance of pet policy management carefully. Allowing pets is typically in every condominium association’s best interests. A policy that allows pets typically isn’t going to be a deal breaker for a prospective homebuyer who isn’t enthusiastic about cats and dogs. However, a policy that prohibits pets is very likely to be a deal breaker for a prospective homebuyer who has one or more pets or plans to get one in the future.
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