Covenants Include Hens as "Recognized" Household Pets

April 12, 2016
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Facts: Several homeowners in a planned community kept hens on their lots. The association informed them that this violated the association’s covenants. The covenants disallow “animals, birds, or poultry” on residents’ lots unless kept as “recognized household pets.” The owners claimed that their hens met the recognized household pet exception. The association argued that the term “recognized household pets” isn’t defined in the covenants, which were, therefore, ambiguous.

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