Kurt - Question:
If you allow one exception for the 12 year old Golden Retriever, aren’t you opening yourself up to potential charges of discrimination?
What are the insurance rules on exotics? Many years ago in Florida we sold a home in our community and the new owner and resident showed up with an Ocelot. Our rules allowed cats and no one, including me, even thought about a weight limit on cats. Now its all those pythons, etc.
You are the expert on this, so I welcome your thoughts.
Personally, I would rather no one had pets in a land lease community. Too many things can go wrong, and the homes are too close together. I own and ride horses on a regular basis, but I wouldn’t try to keep them in the yard of a single family residence inside city limits, even if the law permitted it. Either I live in the country, or I keep the horses somewhere else. I and my wife Donna also like big dogs, but if we didn’t have the space for them to run and play, we would never consider having them because it isn’t fair to the dog.
In Illinois it is a license violation if the pet leaves fecal matter in common areas, so that adds to the problem. Realistically, banning all pets is a marketing barrier that is hard to overcome.