If You Don’t Pick Up After Your Dog, Your Condo Association Will Catch You Using DNA
When you’re in the midst of a real estate search, there are many factors one considers when trying to choose the right Chicago condo. The most pertinent factors are often obvious: location, space, price, amenities etc.
One factor that’s often left off the checklist, but is inherent to the decision, is cleanliness. Cleanliness refers not only of the unit that you’ll call home, but also the overall tidiness of the entire building complex from communal areas to business centers to the sidewalks you’ll enter and exit on daily.
Condo associations are putting in a new, noteworthy process in place to ensure their property pass the cleanliness inspection – dog waste DNA management service.
The service known as PooPrints is forcing pet owners to take responsibility for the proper disposal of their four-legged friend’s waste.
Sure, we’ve all seen the signs hanging that politely ask owners to be mindful and clean up after their pets, yet often this rule is ignored and difficult and nearly impossible to enforce.
PooPrints changes that. The program works by creating a database of community pets. The database contains DNA information of each pet obtained by a simple mouth swab.
Now, when droppings are found on the property, it’s tested in order to locate the correct owner. Once the correct owner is located and matched in the database, fines are administered.
Fines vary per association, but many are charge on average $150 per occurrence. In addition, many communities make the swabbing part of the registration process and if you fail to bring your dog in for registration, associations charge $100.
Based off the numerous articles and dozens upon dozens of elated testimonials, the doo diligence is working. The fines force pet owners to comply with their responsibility to clean up after their dogs.
Some Chicago-based condo associations following the new approach to a messy problem include URP Management, Ashland Park condominiums and Property Management Inc.