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Typical Co-Op Pet Policy In NYC

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A co-op is a great way to save money and buy into a Big Apple community. But what exactly does a typical co-op pet policy entail? Of course, you will have to pick the right co-op for your family. Pets can be a source of contention for many people, so do you need to choose a co-op with a good pet policy? Let’s discuss the New York City co-op pet policy. While every co-op will have a different policy, there are still some general trends we can report on. Our guide will give you a good idea of what most co-ops will allow and disallow regarding NYC co-op pet policy.

What To Expect From A Typical Co-Op Pet Policy In NYC

If a pet owner is considering buying a coop apartment, you must ask your buyer’s broker to confirm the exact policy before submitting an offer. As part of the co-op purchase application, the Board of directors has complete discretion in whether or not to approve your purchase.

Violating the pet ownership policy is easy to cause an automatic board rejection.

Where Can I Find the co-op city pet policy?

Co-ops tend to be slightly more lenient than apartments for their pets.

Some apartments will not allow pets of any type. Most of the co-ops will have policies similar to the following:

  1. Most co-ops will allow domesticated animals, and they tend to be okay with hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, dogs, and cats.
  2. A typical co-op will have a pet limit, though. The usual pet limit is either one or two pets.
  3. Most co-ops may have height and weight or breed restrictions if you want to get a dog. Many co-ops will not allow pets over 40 pounds inService Animals And Emotional Support Animals weight. If you have a dog breed considered aggressive, they may refuse to allow the dog in the co-op.
  4. Policies also tend to include requirements for pet vaccines, and you have to furnish proof that you have vaccinated your dogs and cats most of the time.
  5. Co-ops also may have an application fee for the pets. How much you have to pay depends on the co-op and the pet, and it’s usually $200 to $300 or so.

Does The Policy Apply To Service Animals And Emotional Support Animals?

Legally, co-ops cannot bar you from living in their buildings if you have a service animal or an ESA. You must show legal documents that prove that you need the animal for your health.

They violate several laws if they try to charge a fee for your pet or ask to bar you from living there. If this happens to you, the best thing you can do is talk to your real estate lawyer and your brokerage. Both your broker and lawyer can offer advice on what you should do next.

What Kind Of Pets are Considered Aggressive?

Primarily, the board members will consider aggressive animals deemed dangerous breeds. This list includes Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, rottweilers, pit bulls, bull terriers, and Dalmatians.

If you are not sure which breeds are allowed, ask your co-op. If you have a larger dog or a dog whose breed may be considered by others as aggressive (justified or not), you must double-check with the building before moving forward.

Are There Co-Ops That Ban Pets Altogether?

Yes, some co-ops have strict “no pets” policies. Co-Op City, in the Bronx, has a firmly no-pets co-op. However, there arePets Are Considered To Be Aggressive others out there that may ban pets altogether.

This is more common among co-ops built as affordable housing than co-ops in luxury buildings.

Do Co-ops Allow Renters to Have Pets in NYC?

It depends. Some co-ops which permit pets for shareholders expressly prohibit renters from having the same privilege of owning pets while residing in the co-op. In this case, a rental applicant may have to sign a ‘no pet rider’ as part of the co-op sublet board application.

Are Pets Required to Attend the Co-op Board Interview?

Written By: Ossiana Tepfenhart

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