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I hope I can find some support here about my situation. I think I have become what i used to try to guard against. I made sure I could have my pets in my new place. I've rented all of the times before. for the last year and a few months I have had one over the limit in my building for cats because I helped a friend who already had 3, because she found a kitten in her yard. they had tried ti find the owner but I think the kitty was dumped. so.

Now I've bought a condo (didn't get to see the pet policy for the condo til now, the money is transferred) with a total pet limit of 2 (with a variance, which has to be applied for). there is an ammendment that seems to allow the 2 cats and up to 2 fish tanks (i have 2 frogs). I cannot let go of any of my cats. It is causing me some stress at the the thought;
 

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Before you freak out look into the variance more. You never know, you might be able to squeeze one more in.

I don't understand why some condo boards have a policy that allows certain numbers of animals even if you BUY the place! What right does anyone (aside from local government, for obvious reasons) have to tell you how many pets you can have in YOUR home!?

Anyways, before you get too freaked out you might as well find out what your options are.
 

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Are you over by 1 cat? I don't see the harm, if you own the condo well then I don't see how htey would find out you have too many, unless someone has to come in. I think you can get away with an extra cat easier then an extra dog. Good luck!
 

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My boyfriend and I don't even pay extra for our dog and cat, because we told them, but they never put it on the lease! If you feel really bad about it, talk to them, but honestly I don't know how they would know if you have one extra, especially since you own the place and aren't renting. Kind of a weird agreement, but I don't know a whole lot about condos.
 

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Yeaaaahhhhhh, I wouldn`t worry about it at ALL. Our apartment allows one(dog, cat) pet. We got a varience to have the dog and the cat. Under cover of darknesss we moved in the other pets(4 rats, 2 gerbils, 2 dragons, one snnake, one mouse, one scorpion, one fish, three birds) then came Tucker; cat #2. not only do they not notice, our neighbors have similar situations annd nnobody cares. you will be fine.
 

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If I were you, I wouldn't even tell them you're over by one cat. That being said though, it depends what the consequences are and if you're willing to risk that?

We're just renting and I really wanted to be upfront with the real estate about pets when we moved but we found it very hard to get a place that allowed pets so we applied for a place that didn't say pets allowed but also didn't say no pets. We did not tell them when we signed the lease that we have two indoor only cats. We've been here 1.5 years now and no one has said anything (we've only had one real estate inspection and had the cats in boarding for that). We know however that the consequences of being caught may be us being evicted and we've got my Mum's place we can go to if we really need to anyway.
 

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After renting for years and having to abide by the rules, the first thing I would find out about before buying a place is their animal restrictions. An HOA can kick you out for breaking the rules. They're VERY strict here in California. Plus, you usually have to initial next to every clause in a contract, at least here.

I would apply for the variance right away.
 

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In my country, laws, ordinances and regulations are hugely less important than the relationship between the people. Maybe in your area too, if your pets don't bother anyone, it'd be strange that someone suddenly decides to enforce "the law".

I signed a "zero pets" lease with my landlord, which is why I only have 2 cats. LOL As he himself said, at this stage he prefers ME with 2 cats than someone new, a stranger, with zero pets.

Remember: asking for forgiveness is always better than asking for permission. By then it's likely that there'll be a nice relationship, not a cold "regulation". That said, again, I live in a very non-anglo-saxon kind of mentality country. This is the Middle East.
 

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I don't know much about the system over there.

I find it odd that someone could dictate how many pets you could have in a property you OWN. Personally I'd leave it until someone mentions it- I mean, considering you own it and I'm guessing your cats are most likely indoor only- who's ever going to know?!

We are currently renting due to a relocation- we had a nightmare finding somewhere to live because of our two cats (we didn't mention the other pets). Turns out our current landlord couldn't care less- sometimes I wonder if he'd even notice if we moved a lion in here!
 

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Are you over by 1 cat? I don't see the harm, if you own the condo well then I don't see how htey would find out you have too many, unless someone has to come in. I think you can get away with an extra cat easier then an extra dog. Good luck!
I agree with you. One more cat certainly cannot make a difference and if holding back the truth a little :devil keeps a home for a kitty, I would do it.
 

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Yes, I adopted a second cat 6 months ago and my landlord doesn't know yet. He spent a couple hours in the apt. one day and he didn't see or hear her, even though the whole apt. is as big as 1 room. When I have to move to a new place, I plan to say that I have ONE cat, and if they ever see the second cat, I'll say I'm cat-sitting for a friend for a few days.
 

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Yes, I adopted a second cat 6 months ago and my landlord doesn't know yet. He spent a couple hours in the apt. one day and he didn't see or hear her, even though the whole apt. is as big as 1 room. When I have to move to a new place, I plan to say that I have ONE cat, and if they ever see the second cat, I'll say I'm cat-sitting for a friend for a few days.

LOL Good idea about the pet sitting. I ended up telling my landlord that about my 2nd dog, then just said they never came back for the dog.

Im a breeder also, so when my female had pups, we kept one back and now have 3 dogs. THey didn't say anything about it, now the new cat. Well I am not saying anything about her either. I pay my rent on time in full, take care of the home very well and I work in a vet clinic so they know I love my animals!! lol
 

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thanks for all of the response; if i get the variance i can have 2 cats. technically then i'd be over by 1. I am sick. I kind of knew the limit would technically be 2. that seems to be the norm. i have had 3 in previous places but i must have had that lucky streak. those cats are long in heaven, well, Sam was a loner for 2 apartments, but I did have guinea pigs without a problem for a few years, even here in this apartment building. then in 2007/2008 everyone of them had passed away. i am planning some strategic frosting of the patio door and the bedroom window. with cat tree's. not sure how it's go but I do want privacy on the first floor. i hate the fish bowl effect. I don't want to live with the blinds drawn.
 

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Before you move in try and get a variance for ALL of your pets.

There are SO MANY posts, here and on classified websites that go something like "My landlord won't let me keep my new puppy/kitten :( I need to find it a home!" Well, TBH if you get a new pet when you KNOW your landlord or condo board won't allow it all you're doing is hurting the animal. I personally think it's incredibly irresponsible to 'hide' a pet. You will get caught eventually, and then it won't matter how long you've had the pet because you're clearly in the wrong.

I'm sorry to be such a downer but I see ads searching for homes for pets that should never have been put in that situation, and it is so preventable that it makes me very angry. Part of the reason my SO and I purchased, and purchased without a condoboard, is because I needed a place where I knew my pets would be safe to stay with us. It's a commitment we make as their guardians.

OP See if you can get a variance for both of them. If not then my suggestion would be either find one of your cats a good home (which would be heartbreaking) or see if you can't I'd try to resell the place and look for another home where you aren't breaking rules to have your pets and count it as a lifelesson learned.
 

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Before you move in try and get a variance for ALL of your pets.

There are SO MANY posts, here and on classified websites that go something like "My landlord won't let me keep my new puppy/kitten :( I need to find it a home!" Well, TBH if you get a new pet when you KNOW your landlord or condo board won't allow it all you're doing is hurting the animal. I personally think it's incredibly irresponsible to 'hide' a pet. You will get caught eventually, and then it won't matter how long you've had the pet because you're clearly in the wrong.

I'm sorry to be such a downer but I see ads searching for homes for pets that should never have been put in that situation, and it is so preventable that it makes me very angry. Part of the reason my SO and I purchased, and purchased without a condoboard, is because I needed a place where I knew my pets would be safe to stay with us. It's a commitment we make as their guardians.

OP See if you can get a variance for both of them. If not then my suggestion would be either find one of your cats a good home (which would be heartbreaking) or see if you can't I'd try to resell the place and look for another home where you aren't breaking rules to have your pets and count it as a lifelesson learned.

Well said!
 

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I have to agree with Librarychick as well. I wouldn't lie. The mistake was yours and if you get caught it's just going to 'cause trouble and lots of hard feelings.

My complex only allows one cat and I figured I'd give it a shot and talked to the Landlord before I signed any papers. I explained I had two already, that one was older(stretching the truth a bit, Mow is only 7) and they were attached (Outright big fat lie, MowMow would be thrilled if Book disappeared for good)and that I'd hate to choose between them. They checked my references and my previous landlord gave me a glowing one and told me they could be flexible with the rules and let me have two cats.

I realize it doesn't always work out great but I felt good that I was up front and honest and it all worked out.
 

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I also agree with Librarychick. Better safe than sorry by being upfront about your animals. If you ask up front they may be lenient, but if they catch you in intentional violation of the rules and lying on a contract then there could be big problems.

I hope you can find some sort of honest resolution to this for the sake of your animals.
 

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I just got back from visiting the new place and I met a neighbor who has been there 6 years. she has 2 cats and a dog and has never had a problem; I was relieved; thanks to those who support me; i knew there would be others who would not; I feel that I have to go ahead with my move (Kinda have to). I have to try. I have signed nothing with them yet so, we'll see.
 

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If my landlord didn't approve of my pets, the 3 of us would go, not just the 2 of them. Same as you don't give up your children to adoption because the new apt doesn't allow kids. People who advertise their furkids because of a new apt are way less committed to their cats than me. No point of comparison. Same with the loads of people who throw their cats to the streets because their new SO doesn't like cats and they're moving in together. All these are the strays I feed, and their offspring.

It's about trying to keep the apt., not about trying to keep the cats.
 
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