Tenants of a Burnaby apartment building have been told: hand over samples of your dog’s poop, or risk eviction.
The landlord of the “Waldorf Manor” building in the 74-hundred block of 14th Avenue sent a notice out after a tenant failed to clean up dog poop in building’s stairwell — for the second time.
The building plans to use a DNA matching service to track down the offending pup and owner.
Russ Godfrey is with the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre, which provides legal advice to tenants.
He says the landlord isn’t going to get very far threatening eviction.
“I would be telling any tenant that phoned our line that you dispute this notice. And before you do that send a letter to the landlord saying that this is really interfering with my right to quiet enjoyment given the fact that the landlord has other options.”
Godfrey says he doesn’t see why the landlord doesn’t install security cameras, which is perfectly legal.
He adds that it makes no sense to go after an entire building when one person is at fault.
The landlord is not talking, but one of the building’s tenants says he hopes the person responsible is evicted.
Timothy Wallace has lived at Waldorf Manor more than six months.
“When we moved in, everyone signed up a piece of paper saying we’re going to pick up after our pets. So, if someone hasn’t been picking up after their pets, and letting them crap in the stairwell…it’s pretty much against the piece of paper we signed when we moved in.”
But other tenants, like Bill Roberts, don’t want to see anyone evicted.
Roberts also points to several surveillance cameras are strategically placed throughout the complex, wondering why the owners can’t use that footage to track down the bad tenant.