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Pets @ Condominiums

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Looking to buy a condo in St. Croix but am seeing that most condos that I am interested in do not allow pets. I have a small dog (miniature yorkie). Can someone please tell me why most condos will not let you have pets even though you own the condo yourself?

Thanks y'all.


Posted : December 7, 2008 6:41 pm
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I can't answer your question, but I can tell you that Coakley Bay Condos (East End) does allow 1 small dog or 1 cat if you are an owner(renters are not allowed to have pets). There is a weight limit of 16 pounds. KJ

Posted : December 7, 2008 8:39 pm
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Someone else may have a better answer, but I believe the condo owners meet and set the rules. In close quarters a dog, any dog, can present problems. Some condos allow actual owners to own a pet but not renters. If this is important to you, be sure you've seen the written rules before you buy. You certainly wouldn't want to buy and then find out the dog is not allowed.

Posted : December 7, 2008 8:41 pm
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There are atleast 4 to 6 condos that do allow dogs.

But condo living is well apartment living and people do not get along as they should living that close together and when you throw dogs and cats into the mix, it can be annoying to others. Remember we live year round without a/c, so our windows are open much more then people stateside. So you very often hear your neighbors, throw in a barking get the picture. I have nothing against pets, I have 4 rescued dogs as pets and one bossy cat.

Posted : December 8, 2008 12:40 am
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Our condo does not allow pets. However that is coming up for a vote. But if they are allowed, the rules will be OWNERS ONLY, not allowed for renters.
I was looking for a condo that allowed pets but didn't like or could afford the ones that allowed them. I am on the board of directors of our condo now, I have mixed feeling about allowing pets, I am polling other owners to see how they feel, as I represent them.My wife is against it.
One of the reasons I am leaning toward voting for "small" pets, is that the ratio of owners living in the units vs renters seems to be greater in condo that allow pets. I would love to see fewer renters.
Pet poop is an issue, as is barking, cat fights, etc. A condo assn must have and enforce strong rules if it is to work.

Posted : December 8, 2008 2:42 pm
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I adore dogs and cats too...Just not LIVING in Condos.

Unfortunately some spoil the right to have dogs for others.

1. Do you want to listen to a dog barking? Me either
2. Where do you walk the dogs? Common Areas? Do you pick up after your dog for every dog owner that does there are those that do not.
3. If your dog bites another owner are you ready to lose your home to that owner after they have sought legal action and won?

Condos should not allow dogs....PERIOD.

Give me a good reason to have dogs?

Posted : December 8, 2008 6:52 pm
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..."Give me a good reason to have dogs?"

Well...they DO taste good with curry...

Posted : December 8, 2008 8:21 pm
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Working in property management stateside they were getting around condos and apartments that would not allow pets was saying they were depressed and having a doctor right a note and then claiming they were covered the same way a blind person was who needs their guidance animal. Of coarse this is CA and everyone is sue happy and more then a little nutty. Most of the big property management companies were buckling under to this nonsense. CA a great state to visit but I'll be very happy if I never have to live in the la to san diego area again.

Posted : December 8, 2008 8:22 pm
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Our condos here on STT were one of the first to ever allow pets. The pets have not been a problem (small complex). Wish I could say the same about a couple of the residents. Pets are good security, too. I've never had a dog that hasn't learned who lived in the building & who to bark at & who not to as far as who belongs & who doesn't. We have leash rules, etc.

Posted : December 8, 2008 9:25 pm
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Which condo on STT allows pets? I didn't think any allowed dogs even for owners.

Posted : December 9, 2008 12:14 am
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Several do.

Posted : December 9, 2008 8:16 am
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Carambola on Stx allows owners to have pets.
Renters can have pets if the condo owner permits it, but be advised, you'll likely have to put up a substantial "pet deposit."
Carambola has a ton of green space to walk dogs, but they have to be leashed. And the fines are steep if you don't clean up after them, which is a good thing. Many of the owners here have dogs, and they've been quite welcoming to us and our dog. It helps that he's a big soft puppy who wouldn't hurt a flea.

I can completely understand why some associations don't want renter's with dogs. And it's a fact: if you want to rent down here, your options are substantially reduced if you have a dog with you.

Posted : December 9, 2008 11:22 pm
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As a renter they are reduced BUT are much better if you're looking for a house or apartment. With a condo there are only 2 or 3 places that allow renters to have pets and then the owner of the condo has to be willing to let you have a pet.

Like Dec for example is an excellent time to find a rental on STX. Hess end their jobs around this time and the subcontractors leave. Some leave just for vacation but many leave for good or at least a year or two. So there are always alot of long term rentals around Nov to Jan, from the holes Hess leave, unless they are having a busy year but that hasnt really happened since 2006. I always try to never end my leases this time of year, because it takes too long to rerent.

Posted : December 10, 2008 10:38 am
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I am a realtor on STX and several condos allow dogs to Owners. Please feel free to contact me and I can give you the opeions.
Cynthia Taylor
Farchette & Hanley Real Estate
52 King Street
Christiansted, St. Croix
340 773 4665 ext 30
340 513 3268 cell

Posted : December 12, 2008 8:00 pm
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