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Asked on: 6/06/11, 9:07 am

January 2011 - Rented a townhome property that has an Association. Explained to owners of the property over the phone and prior to signing rental agreement we had three pets dogs under 25 lbs. Owner verbally stated they did not have a problem with the pets and agreed to our rental arrangement.

In addition, we payed an extra deposit defined as a, "pet allowance", to the owner.

June 2011 - Received a written letter from the owner with a copy of the Association's letter stating that, owner is in violation of the Associations Rules & Regulations, that is, " only two pets are allowed to reside in the home", and asking us to remove additional pets to comply with the Associations Rules & Regulations or we will need to terminate the rental agreement. Owners claim they had no knowledge of this Associations Rule & Regulation. We find their, no knowledge, claim hard to believe as they have been long term owners.

Question: Do we have any rights regarding this issue considering, we were honest with the owners and they had full knowledge of the three dogs prior to the rental agreement ?

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your expertise.

James

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