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Requirement Of Pet DNA Can Be Barrier For Tennants, But Landlords Say It Keeps Common Areas Cleaner

In addition to largely non-refundable pet deposits and additional monthly fees that many landlords charge for animals, some Utah renters are being required to provide their pet’s DNA, according to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune

The purpose of the DNA collection is to allow property management to identify which animal waste belongs to and then to fine owners who do not clean up after their animal. Some landlords may also use it to determine an animal’s breed and not rent to breeds they determine too aggressive, like pit bulls. 

While some property managers are arguing it makes pet housing more accessible because it provides options for holding non-compliant tenants accountable, some renters say it can increase the difficulty of the process because of the additional costs.