My friend lives in an apartment building in Washington where the bylaws allow home owners to keep dogs and cats, but states that renters are not allowed to keep any pets. Is this legal according to Washington laws? I understand that Homeowners Associations may choose to ban or allow pets as they please, but are they allowed to only permit home owners to keep them?

  • Does the HOA own the apartment?
    – Ron Beyer
    Jan 31 at 17:15
  • @RonBeyer no, directly owned by the owner. Jan 31 at 17:19
  • @RonBeyer How it works is that the HOA has a restrictive covenant on the home/apartment. The deed to the apartment will have HOA rules and financial assessments written into it, as well as a procedure via voting to amend HOA rules.
    – user71659
    Jan 31 at 19:34
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    @user71659 Yes, an HOA can own a property, it's not as common but it has happened.
    – Ron Beyer
    Jan 31 at 20:01
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    @JonathanReez Perhaps the homeowner owns the pets and the renter is just looking after them for the homeowner? (said mostly in jest, but that could actually be a loophole)
    – Peter M
    Jan 31 at 23:22


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