With apartment complexes becoming the new housing means and more people opting to live in flats for many reasons like security, lack of space to build individual houses, etc. one of the most important matters of concern is the permissibility of pets in these complexes, which are not private property and are inhabited by many. It also becomes important for pet owners to understand their rights and responsibilities, for the welfare of their pets as well as their neighbours.
Most of the time residents are provided a letter on behalf of the Apartment Association stating pets are banned and that owners must either vacate or abandon their pets. The All-Kerala Apartment Owner’s Association has also come up with a verbal norm that pets should be either abandoned or looked after well by their owners so that nobody else in the society complaints about the same. The association has also made it clear that if anyone has any complaint with even one of the residents having a pet, it would be better not to bring them in the apartment complex.
V.S. Somanathan, general secretary of the association, says, “We completely acknowledge the fact that there is no law existing in our country that says pets are banned from apartment complexes. However, we have come up with the announcement in light of the insecurities other residents are having if any one resident in the housing society has a pet. Hygiene is one of the major concerns. The owners have no right to make these pets poop near the children’s play area. We are not against people having pets, provided they should strictly follow the guidelines that are mandatory while having one.”