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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.
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.
You can find a co-op’s pet policy in the house rules.
The purchase application (also known as the board package) may mention the pet policy. It’s standard for some pet policy acknowledgment or rider, which the applicant must sign and submit with the completed board package.
Sometimes, the house rules or purchase applications do not clearly define the co-op’s policy. The best way to find out is to have your buyer’s agent contact the listing agent or the managing agent.
Some apartments will not allow pets of any type. Most of the co-ops will have policies similar to the following:
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.
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.
Yes, some co-ops have strict “no pets” policies. Co-Op City, in the Bronx, has a firmly no-pets co-op. However, there are 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.
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.
We’ve heard stories where applicants must bring their dog to the co-op board interview so that the Board can take a weight measurement. The Board wanted to ensure compliance with the building’s weight restrictions for pets.
Pet owners tend to underestimate their pets’ weights. Usually, pet owners do not take frequent weight measurements for their pets. So they should not only rely on their tax returns. A co-op may reject you if your pet is in a higher-weight body.
Therefore, many buyer agents often weigh their pets before advising them to proceed with a signed purchase contract.