Many co-ops in New York City are eliminating their bans on dogs in the building due to a number of loopholes available to get around the policies.
Loopholes including allowing pets to stay if a landlord doesn't act within 90 days and the Americans with Disabilities Act make it illegal to prohibit pets in tenants' homes, according to NY1 News. New York City residents won't be forced into packing
and moving to another residence with co-ops lifting bans on dogs.
"The rules tend to be as to size, entering and leaving the building, behavior in the common areas," real estate attorney Dean Roberts said to the source. "Some of the rules require dogs travel in freight elevators and, as always, the landlord can reserve the right to bring a lawsuit if the dog is a nuisance."
Some buildings are leaning toward strict regulations for dog owners instead of trying to prevent them from bringing dogs into their buildings. Landlords are now charging fees, enforcing registration requirements and asking for extra insurance as a way to discourage tenants from owning a pet, the source reported.
The rental market has increased in New York City, which some are calling modest signs of improvement after a recession.