Clearly, covenants may address the number and type of pets that residents may keep on their property. It is imperative that prospective residents seek out the nature of any such covenants prior to purchasing the property or bringing animals or pets onto the property. Property associations do have the right to compel removal of pets in violation of covenants. However, this generally can only be done after proper notice and hearing, followed by judgment in a court of law to enforce the covenant. Members of homeowners’ associations do not have authority to enter the property of another and remove pets.

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