Canadian Condo Building Wants To Charge A Monthly Cleaning Fee For Dogs

The fee for “additional spot cleaning” resulted from the lack of responsibility of a few owners

By Justyne Yuen-Lee

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Let’s face it, when you bring home a new, fluffy addition to the family, you get the good and the not so good as you settle in together. The not so good includes: bathroom accidents, projectile vomit of foreign objects you thought were out of reach, gnawed on wall corners, and probably an inordinate amount of fur spread about. But, with routine and proper training, these accidents will become less frequent.

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When you live communally, like in a condo situation, there are some accidents that irritate other residents and the condo Board.  Irritation is amplified when pet owners dismiss responsibility for the mess because it happens in a communal area. This has prompted a Canadian condo to charge a fee for all dog owners to pay for the extra care in solving these problems.

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A Toronto condo building has made motion to enforce a $15 monthly fee to dog owners to “offset” the cleaning costs that come from pet-related messes being left behind.

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In a notice from the property manager, the Board of Directors announced that they would be implementing a new pet rule; tenants would have thirty days to organize a meeting to challenge it.

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Audrey Loeb, a condo law expert in Toronto, says that this rule will not be enforceable. It seems that selectively choosing a group to pay a fee is not legally valid.

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Rent in Toronto, residents argue, is already barely affordable and adding $15 would be “insane”. Although it would be ideal to just charge the offending parties, there doesn’t seem to be a way to confirm the culprits.

Do you think an extra cleaning fee is justified? Let us know in the comments!