YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: More than a dozen dog owners in a luxury Hoboken condo complex that’s home to Giants quarterback Eli Manning have been given until this Saturday to get rid of pets over 25 pounds or face fines of up to $500 a day, CLIFFVIEWPILOT has learned.
One tenant of the Hudson Tea building — where studio apartments start at $500,000 — said he intended to renew his lease with an option to buy but now has to take his 2-year-old, 55-pound lab to a building across the street.
“You’re going to fine me $500 a day for a dog that no one has told me I couldn’t have?” said the tenant, a 28-year-old financial advisor who had been living at the two-building Hudson Tea development about a year.
“I asked them specifically: “Has anyone complained about my dog?’ They said, ‘No’.”
“I guess it’s the rules,” he said. “But I didn’t know about them. And nobody’s enforced them.”
A staffer at the Hudson Tea building told CLIFFVIEWPILOT around 5 p.m. today that the manager was “in the building” but unavailable. She took a message, but as of 10 p.m., the call had not been returned.
“I think at least one of the dogs on the list is a rescue dog,” one tenant said, “so the owner’s showing a big heart adopted the dog to prevent it from being put down.”
A neighbor just bought his condominium in March, “and nobody said anything to him for six months,” the lab owner said. “I feel sorry for the guy: He’s going to have to give his dog or put him up for adoption. Or he’s going to have to sell his place. So he’s in a jam.”
Children in the building love his 2-year-old lab, he said. “She gives them high fives in the elevator.”
However, he said, the letter from the condo association told him: “You have to have her off the premises by Oct. 31.” Otherwise, he said, he faced an immediate $500 fine and an additional penalty of up to $500 a day.
Fortunately, his landlord was able to bargain with the management company, the tenant said.
“He made it sound like I could potentially stay here till the end of my lease, which is Nov. 30. But they won’t let him renew my lease.
“To think, I was going to buy in this building,” he said.