No pet, no rent. Renters with pets are well aware of the challenges they may face when trying to find a suitable place to live that will allow their furry four-legger. Many apartment complexes have breed restrictions, size restrictions, or simply do not allow pets at all. But this apartment complex is completely the opposite: it won’t let you live there if you don’t have a pet!
According to LA Daily News, Judy Guth, a property owner of a 12-apartment complex in North Hollywood loves pets and will only allow tenants with dogs or cats to rent her apartments. “My experience has told me you get people with a lot of love in their hearts when you get pet owners,” said Guth. In fact, when a tenant’s pet passes away, Guth will join the renter when they go on a trip to the animal shelter to adopt their next pet.
Concerned that this may be discrimination against non-pet owners? Rest easy that there are no laws being broken. The Federal Fair Housing Act says it’s illegal to discriminate based on race, color, nationality, sex, religion, disability, and familial status, but there is no mention of pet ownership!
Though the Los Angeles complex currently has no vacancy, it certainly sets a good example for other apartment managers in the area to step up their game if they want to compete for pet-owning renters. As pet lovers who bring our dogs and cats to work, the people of Trupanion would love to see more apartment buildings with open arms for pets!