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I own my own condo unit and have a dog. The condo corp has

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I own my own condo unit and have a dog. The condo corp has always had a no dogs allowed policy but has never enforced it. Now some people want it enforced and would like all people living in the condo to get rid of their animals. Do they really have the right to tell me to get rid of my dog? Is there anything they can do to try and get me to get rid of my dog?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  TexLaw replied 8 years ago.

Thank you for submitting your important legal issue to Just Answer. I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide you with an honest and easy to understand answer to your question.

I am an attorney licensed in the State of Texas. The following information is a brief answer to your question. However, if you feel that you need further information or that you have other insights which might help me in providing a better answer, please feel free to write back.

Unfortunately, the failure of the association to enforce its rules does not waive the enforceability of those rules. If it is a rule on the book that the association forbids dogs in the condos, then they can attempt to enforce the rule against you. The association can levy fines against you for breaking its rules, and can also potentially lead to you losing your condo.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
how could I lose my condo just because I have a dog? how is this fair? There must be something I can do. I have had my dog for 14 years and am not about to give him up now and I am in no position right now to move.
Expert:  TexLaw replied 8 years ago.
You can file a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the HOA from enforcing this rule on the grounds of the doctrine of "laches" (meaning they've forfeited the rule because they allowed you to get a dog and 14 years later want to enforce the rule).

Unfortunately, HOA's often have the power to force the sale of the property if the person is not obeying HOA rules and is not paying the fines levied against them.

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