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    Re pet owners: What are their responsibilities? Such as faeces deposits on Common Property?

    I had returned to my building, entered, and was instantly approached by the temping young female cleaner. “Did you step on the dog poo”. What! I said. Whereupon she pointed to it right in the middle of the doorway entrance. I checked my shoes.

    I told her to complain to the B.C. as I did not feel she should have to do the removal of the poo. I left her in her quandary. Next day she told me she contacted her cleaning company who told she had to clean the disgusting mess. What are cleaners’ rights?

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    Whilst it is disappointing thst pet owners leave the fouling of their pets, the job of the cleaner is to clean.

    No one likes picking up animal droppings, but it’s not the OC job to “protect” the cleaner. And you don’t know – the cleaning company may be a very good employer. I’m sure that this is not the first poo the cleaner has encountered and won’t be the last.

    Your energies are best spent to fund the culprit. Have you tried CCTV tapes?


    If Esmeralda is in NSW and her building allows pets, the relevant by-law most likely requires that a pet owner must “take any action that is necessary to clean all areas of the lot or the common property that are soiled by the animal”.

    If the perpetrator can’t be identified, then the unfortunate cleaner is probably stuck with the problem, which is a sad reflection on her employer’s lack of respect for its staff. She has rights, but they are not being respected, possibly because she is young, female, and perhaps also a visa holder with plenty of potential replacements available if she quits.

    She deserves support from the Owners’ Corporation.

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