Why do some condos charge a pet registration fee and how is that money used?

Asked by K. Brown, Washington, DC Mon Feb 23, 2009

My condo has instituted a pet policy that now requires pet owners to register their pet and pay a $150 per pet registration fee annually. I am curious to know what the benefits are to pet owners and condo residents when condos charge a pet registration fee? Also, what is the money generally used for. Lastly, is it normal for a condos to charge such a high fee on an annual basis.

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Dana Schuster, Agent, Slidell, LA
Mon Feb 23, 2009
I. wouldn't think interior damage would be an issue as you own the interior once you purchas e. However,it may be used for extra cleanup needed on the grounds or to cover possible liability issues. If you are thinking of purchasing there,I would ask straight out.
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James Downing, Agent, Dunedin, FL
Mon Feb 23, 2009
I have never heard of such a fee. This is a first for me. What is it used for? Well I am sure the Board will tell you to clean up after pets who have accidents and to replace damaged carpet, etc. However; I doubt the average pet causes that much damage. What if it's a cat that never leaves the unit?

It's to make the condo more money. Sounds like they are trying to penalize pet owners. Not a very smart thing to do. They will just end up alienating some of the Buyer Pool - something they should rethink in a cool Real Estate market.
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