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Burnaby landlord demands dog poop samples, threatens tenants with eviction

Last Updated May 5, 2015 at 12:06 pm PDT

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Summary

Landlord claims refusing to provide a dog poop sample for DNA analysis is admission of guilt

Residential tenancy lawyer doesn't see why a Burnaby landlord would have to ask for a dog stool sample

BURNABY (NEWS1130) – A landlord is threatening to boot dog owners who live in a building in Burnaby unless a sample of their pets’ poop is provided.

This follows the discovery of unknown excrement twice in the building’s stairwell, with the landlord claiming refusal to provide a dog poop sample for DNA analysis is an admission of guilt.

Vancouver-based residential tenancy lawyer Alex Chang is unconvinced. “If there’s no provision under the lease, then I don’t see on what basis the landlord would have to ask for a dog stool sample.”

He says the more conventional approach is to collect a pet-specific damage deposit.

“Dealing with damage from pets has a remedy on the Residential Tenancy Act, which is that they can act for a pet deposit beforehand, and then seek to keep that deposit if there’s damage,” says Chang.

In his four years practicing residential tenancy law, Chang says he has yet to come across a similar case.