Apartment Complex Where Pets Are Compulsory (USA)

An apartment complex that turns the usual rules on their head: a place where cats and dogs are obligatory. You have got to care for a pet before your can rent.

We’ve all read apartment horror stories where pet owners were faced the hard choice of finding a rental property that welcomes their animal companion or relinquishing their pet. This is a happy story, where we have a new heroine in the animal world. Her name is Judy Guth.

Judy Guth

Judy Guth

There’s one contract agreement tenants must follow before being allowed to rent one of her apartments – they must have a cat or dog. The rules are simple at Judy’s place. Up to two dogs of any size are allowed, and they have to be on a leash when outside the apartment. There’s also a limit of three cats. All animals must be spay/neutered, vaccinated and dogs must wear an up-to-date ID tag.

Judy, now 84 years young, purchased a 12-apartment complex, located on Cartwright Avenue in North Hollywood, for $260,000. That was 40 years ago. A few weeks ago she got an offer for $2 million. Right now Judy isn’t interested in selling. She, along with building manager Jerry Schiess, who has taken care of the property for 12 years, know they have a good thing going with their policy to only rent to pet owners.

People call Jerry on a daily basis in hopes of securing one of these prized apartments. Should the rare occasion arise when one is available, the pet is interviewed instead of the pet owner. Jerry and Judy must be sure the animal is well behaved, and dogs who reside there can’t be chronic barkers.

Judy has learned by experience that animal lovers make excellent renters. They pay their rent on time, they seldom change their place of residence, and are just better people any way you look at it. Several of her renters have lived at the Cartwright Avenue property for more than a decade, moving only when the economy forces them out of state for another job.

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Judy has a very unique program set up, she does not demand a security deposit but instead requests an extra $100 a month rent for new carpeting. Usually the carpeting is paid for within a year, at which time it becomes the property of the tenant. Should the tenant move, the carpet is theirs to take. No one has ever done this, but the option is there.

Apartment rental cost ranges between $1,200 a month for one bedroom, to $1,500 a month for two bedrooms. The pet only policy went into effect shortly after she purchased the property, when she caught a school teacher trying to hide her cat because she was afraid having a pet meant being evicted.

You might wonder what would happen should a tenant become pet-less through the death of their companion. Judy has an answer for that also. If a pet dies, Judy is more than glad to take the owner to the animal shelter to pick out another.

Some have called Judy biased because of her pet policy. A spokesperson for the L.A. City Attorney’s Office says there is nothing in the law that prohibits someone from refusing to rent to people with or without pets. The Federal Fair Housing Act makes it illegal for a landlord to discriminate due to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, family status or disability. Pets don’t fall into any of those categories.

Judy, it’s a shame more apartment complex owners don’t follow your way of thinking. Renting to pet owners only was definitely before its time, and still is.


Source: dailynews.com/lifestyle/20140220/no-pet-no-apartment-at-north-hollywood-complex

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Apartment Complex Where Pets Are Compulsory (USA) — 12 Comments

  1. I love this story, it puts to shame good and proper those other landlords who force tenants to have their cats declawed.
    Well done Judy Guth 🙂

    • The landlords who forbid cats are pathetic and frankly ignorant. Really they have to be. I am a landlord (I let a flat in central London). I know it is possible to work with tenants with cats. It is just about managing the situation properly as this lady does so effectively. She has a great way of dealing with carpets.

  2. My apologies for (a) substituting “where” for “were” in the title – I am word blind due to speed reading for years and (b) inadvertently turning off the comments – no idea what happened. They are back on 😉

  3. What a woman! She looks great for 84y/o too.
    This is, probably, the only complex like this in America.
    Ofcourse, it is in California. They are moving way ahead when it comes to the issue of cats, since several cities there have banned declawing.

    • Dee, is California different to other states and if so in what way? It is the one state where 8 cities have banned declawing. What does that say about the state? It seems to be more inline with a European culture although far from being European.

  4. California is the only state that I know of that has some declawing bans. I’m, also, reading that they are moving ahead in the pack for converting kill shelters to no kill. It seems that they are, most always, the leading state. Not New York which is all glam.
    DW would be a better source to ask about issues because she lives there.

  5. thats wonderful, if i lived over in america id glady go. It makes it alot easier when u can have ur beloved pets at a home. I mean having a cat is alot easier than having a dog. she needs special recogination for what shes done.

  6. As a Indian living in Mumbai, thanks to “P.O.C” writers that i am beginning to get a insight into American and European living besides a encyclopedic knowledge on cats.In Mumbai some housing societies avoid renting flats to “Pet Owners”.

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