Now I like this twist on an old theme. Pets and Apartments don’t mix. Speak to anyone living in a community of residents and you’ll find the usual points of serious conflict occur around pets, parking and noise.
There has been much debate about people’s right to keep pets in apartment complexes with Larry (a dog featured in one of our earlier blogs) the subject of a legal tussle.
But check out Judy, the owner of a North Hollywood apartment complex who only allows people to rent her units if they have a pet. She has her own philosophy on why this works. It’s all how you see things.
“Judy Guth doesn’t care if you have great references, pay your rent on time, or are as quiet as a mouse.
Without a dog or cat, you’re not getting one of her cherished apartments that come with new carpeting — in lieu of a security deposit — for an extra $100 a month.
When it’s paid off — usually in about a year — the carpeting is yours. If you decide to move, which few people do, you can take it with you. Nobody ever has, though.
Most of Judy’s tenants in her 12-unit apartment house have lived there over a decade — a few more than two. If a pet dies, she takes the tenant to the animal shelter to adopt a new one. It’s either that or move.
No pet, no apartment. Those are the ground rules at Judy’s place.