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Jim Bull: Renters need to follow the rules

Jim Bull
Frisco, Colorado

Adam Still wrote the editor on Oct. 28 that he was unhappy a home owners association enforced covenants only allowing “owners” to harbor pups on the premises. While his personal love and relationship to the pup is obvious, Adam misses an important point. An HOA is a group of “owners” who contracted among themselves to enforce certain rules that apply to “their” property. A “renter” has no direct obligation to the Association (it is indirect); doesn’t get the bill for the assessment; doesn’t pay the taxes on the property; and is required by law to abide by the “owners'” contract.

Many, if not all, of the condominiums in Summit County (and most other counties in Colorado) have some form of animal regulations. Some require “owners” may keep a pet only of a certain size or weight and some don’t allow renters to keep an animal at all. This is a contract that must be accorded respect, unless one is an anarchist. Anarchists are not so bad unless it is your “archy” that is being debauched. Bottom line rule if you are going to rent, check the rules before you rent a condo and don’t whine when you are caught breaking the rules or the covenants. You are obligated to know the rules. Our family has had many pups, which we have greatly loved, and we pick up after them when they are outside. A few gypsy renters (and “owners”) don’t seem to worry about this rule. So, the need for rule regarding animals. It’s not unreasonable.

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