This is why we don’t use poop in any of our work.
September 12, 2019 2:35 PM Subscribe
Thousands of property managers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom are enforcing dog poop surveillance programs to ensure tenants clean up after their dogs or face a stiff fine. This seemingly-trivial practice brings up a larger question: what else will these services be used for? (Sarah Emerson, Medium OneZero)
Unfortunately, opting out of dog DNA testing at your apartment building isn’t usually an option. Tenant laws and regulations are fairly loose about what can be included in a lease, and most property managers who use a program like PooPrints will have renters sign a lease or lease addendum that requires DNA testing. Violating these terms may then become grounds for eviction. (PooPrints even suggests language for these contracts.) In cities like San Francisco, where PooPrints serves roughly 100 properties, and where landlords of rent-controlled apartments need just cause to evict a tenant, lease violations such as dog poop fines can displace people with less recourse.
“When housing providers want to evict tenants to increase rents, especially in below-market-rate apartments, they will find a pretext, and this potentially serves as another pretext,” says Lupe Arreola, executive director of Tenants Together, a California-wide renters’ rights organization.
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