Ever wondered whether pets are allowed in condominium and apartments? Wonder no more as the answer has finally been revealed.
The long-standing question
One of the most prominent disadvantage often associated with non-landed properties is the long-standing notion of regulations and rules related to owning pets.
Hence, animal lovers and pet owners looking to buy their dream home, are often limited to choices of landed properties in order to be able to keep their pets, especially dogs and cats. (However, owners of landed homes have also faced some problems, as seen in the ruling to ban dogs in intermediate terrace homes in Malacca.)
The question of whether pets are allowed in properties like condominiums and apartments as well as which properties are deemed “pet-friendly”, is a curiosity pondered by many, which also often sparks fervent discussions, as seen here and here. However, the answer to those questions remain unclear… until now.
The long-awaited answer
Speaking at the Malaysian Institute of Professional Property Managers’ inaugural conference, lawyer Datuk Pretam Singh of Pretam Singh Nor & Co, lifted the veil on the long-standing issue of pet ownership in strata-titled properties, stating that “…pets are allowed unless they cause annoyance or a nuisance and pose health risks to other residents in the property.”
This, he explained, was according to bylaw 14 in the Third Schedule of the Strata Management (Maintenance & Management) Regulations 2015, whereby the management of stratified titles like condominiums and apartments can only regulate but not prohibit residents from keep pets in their homes.
So if you’ve been wondering, the answer is YES! You can keep pets in stratified properties.
Increasing demand for pet-friendly strata-titled homes
As more Malaysians begin turning to stratified homes for various reasons like their location within or close to the city, it is crucial that more residential developments are seeing the need to allow pets within these properties.
“Surely you don’t want your children to go to a zoo in order to see a dog or a cat right?” as Datuk Pretam Singh puts it.
As such, more and more new developments have begun to take on the “pet-friendly” approach. But if you’re interested in a condominium or apartment residence which has been established for quite some time, it would be best to discuss with the management and remember to be considerate of neighbours. This could mean taking care of your pets’ waste properly or ensuring that they do not cause any inconveniences or disturbances to others and so on.
To help you out on your search for non-landed homes where you can live with your pets, here’s a list of properties in the Klang Valley which have been known all these years for their “pet-friendly” policy to begin with:
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Life with pets
Living in a condominium or apartment home may mean that your pets, especially dogs do not have ample space to run about. So check out these dog-friendly places and neighbourhoods where you and your furkids can have some outdoors fun on the weekends and mingle with other animal lovers!
As for those looking to welcome a new furkid to your homes, here’s a guide to what you need to know before bringing a dog home to help you ease the process of becoming a new “parent”!
Now that the answer is clear that pets are allowed in stratified properties, animal lovers and pet owners can rejoice and know that their home choices are not limited to landed properties. It is also essential to remember that living in multi-cultural Malaysia, all effort should be put into ensuring that you respect other residents and avoid causing inconveniences to neighbours when living with pets in stratified properties.
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