07/03/2012 06:30 EDT | Updated 09/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Montreal borough erases graffiti

The Montreal borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is giving graffiti cleaning kits to its residents in an effort to get rid of the tags on their walls.

The kits contain a non-toxic cleaner, gloves and a sponge.

A by-law issued specific to the borough and issued in October 2011, entitles owners of small commercial or residential buildings to have tags removed by city crews.

The owners are required to remove graffiti or notify the borough at the risk of being fined.

Offenders caught marking private or city property are sent bills to cover cleaning costs.

Borough councilor Susan Clarke said "There are several blocks of some commercial streets where merchants have taken it upon themselves to make sure they clean regularly, and those blocks stay clean. They really do."

The borough has already commissioned three murals to cover walls that have proven very appealing to illegal graffiti artists.