Legislators move to relax restrictions on pets in high-rise blocks 立院初審 公寓大廈不得以規約禁養寵物

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 - Page 15

Last Thursday the Legislative Yuan’s Internal Affairs Committee passed the initial reading of draft revisions to the Condominium Administration Act. The act currently allows the management of high-rise apartment blocks to forbid residents from raising pets, by amending local community regulations. On Thursday, cross-party agreement was reached on the issue so that in the future, residents cannot be prevented from raising pets in their homes.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alicia Wang, who together with other legislators proposed the act, says that data shows that an average of one in every 3.4 households in Taiwan keep a pet. However, Wang says, a qualifying clause in the regulations of the act currently in force allows high-rise apartment blocks to prevent residents from raising pets. She says this is a serious violation of a pet’s right to a home and that it is the reason for proposing the amendment to the act.

(CNA, translated by Edward Jones)