DOGGY DNA:HOW NYC LANDLORDS ARE TIGHTENING RULES
New York Landlords are taking another step in their stringent rules of tenancy. From high rent prices, FBI-Style checks on their tenants’ background and interviews bordering on interrogation, NYC landlords are adding another stipulation to their rent agreements, a sample of your dog’s DNA.
The new implementation is another step for Landlords in the war to try and cut down on the amount of dog mess left uncleared around the apartment’s gardens and walkways.
With more than 1.1 million tonnes of dog mess said to be left by dog owners in America, of which there are estimated around 73 million, the step may not seem that radical. When the rule is implemented Landlords and apartment managers will be able to send the mess to Tennessee for testing against the dog DNA database of the specific building. From there owners who don’t clear up after the dog’s may be left with a hefty fine.
The scheme, tastefully named “Poo Prints” is already in place in several US states and has seen huge success but some New York tenants are reluctant for the scheme to be implemented there.
An unnamed resident stated: “I think it’s a little extreme. Residents already pay a “one-time pet fee” of $650 (£403) and monthly “pet rent” of $50 (£31).” Another Tennant labelled the scheme as “nuts” adding “Is this America?”
But other people, especially apartment managers and landlords welcome the idea. Debbie Logan, the manager of a building located in Nashua, New Hampshire took on board the new scheme after she received limited success with an offer to pay whistle-blowing residents for reporting culprits failed to take off.
She said “A small percentage of violators were ruining it for responsible residents. Now we are spending less time looking for them and residents have a clean, healthy community.”
And health risks are a problem, especially amongst small children so the measures are especially being seen as a great idea for protecting the younger residents.
So the DNA testing will soon be implemented to try and stem the careless residents and make them responsible for their dogs and their waste with the usage of DNA testing.
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