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You want a unit in a highly desired 12-unit complex? You better bring Fido along in the rare event of a vacancy.

CBS screenshot of a sign in front of Judy Guth's North Hollywood apartment house that mandates pets as a condition for lease.
CBS screenshot of a sign in front of Judy Guth's North Hollywood apartment house that mandates pets as a condition for lease.
By Penny Arévalo

We've all heard of apartment houses that don't allow pets. But one landlord in North Hollywood won't let you rent from her unless you have a pet.

You read correctly. No pet. No lease.

Judy Guth has owned her 12-unit apartment house for some 40 years, CBS Los Angeles reports. And it's been the same since the beginning. You don't even have to pay a security deposit. 

Instead, you get brand new carpeting, reports the LA Daily News

Sounds like a pretty good deal to us.

In the event of an untimely pet passing, Guth has even been known to accompany a tenant to the shelter to select a new four-legged companion, says the Daily News

A sign out front modestly says, "'A Nice Place to Live' with Pets."

Contacted by several members of the media, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office says there's no law against mandating pets. 

Guth, 84, told CBS she's willing to sell the property -- but only if they continue the tradition of keeping it pets-only. 
B. A. B. February 23, 2014 at 07:28 AM
@Jim Hutschinson - why are you posting on Massapequa Patch? This is a human interest story and has nothing to do with location!
Nicole E Curry February 23, 2014 at 09:09 AM
That's nice I know where Iam moving to
Michelle I. Jaeger February 23, 2014 at 09:47 AM
I am on my way!!!! need a change of venue.
kathi mcdonough February 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM
As a cat owner, I had to look high and low before I found a place that allowed her. Had to pay a $200.00 non-refundable deposit and $20.00 monthly additional rent. Nothing was mentioned about declawing and if it was, I would have told them to cram the apartment up their ass. Would NEVER do that to a cat. Yeah, I know there are careless pet owners, but the damages that I have seen the maintenance crew have to repair where I live has nothing to do with pets: holes punched in the walls, light fixtures torn down, cigarette burns in the carpet, doors kicked in.......that's human animals at work.
Jason Dash February 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM
I LOVE THIS WOMAN/LANDLORD!:)
Tom Hollman February 23, 2014 at 11:22 AM
This way they all stink the same like dog and cat crap or the stink their trying to cover the other stink up with
Monika Harris February 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Finally , a landlord that loves animals ! I live in the Bay Area and have owned a professional pet sitting business for the last 15 years ...I can't tell you how many of my clients either tell me the landlord doesn't know they have pets OR that they only have 1 pet vs 2 or 3 ...I think CHILDREN do damage to things, are noisy etc and a lot of parents are irresponsible but you don't see landlords demanding a deposit for kids ....this landlord is a SAINT !! Way to go ...
Ken Briggs February 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM
yes some plaaces do let you have pets . i found a place in Clearlake , Ca last week and i am moving there so i can have a pet . and they told me before i could ask.
Jennifer Erdman February 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Yes, love this woman... What a great concept ! And i bet the tenants are friendly to each other and probably know their neighbor pets names !
Judi Middleton February 23, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Bless this lady's heart! When I rented out places some years back, I basically did the same thing, though not "officially". It was so difficult for renters who owned animals to find places to live. I found that they cared more about their homes and kept them very clean. These days, here in our area of Ohio, it is still just as hard to find rentals that will allow pets. Thank you for sharing this positive story with us! Judi
Alek J Hidell February 23, 2014 at 01:55 PM
Americans who live with dogs are no cleaner than the filthy beasts. Americans that think an animal is a human are mentally ill. If you want to live in a kennel with them that is fine but please far away from normal society.
Judi Middleton February 23, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Feel sorry for you, Alek. Obviously you have never experienced the love of an animal (who are more loyal, loving, compassionate, and intelligent than many human beings I have known in my lifetime). Not trying to quarrel here, just saying I'm sorry you've never felt the love.
John Boy February 23, 2014 at 04:31 PM
What is the meaning of "LOCAL."
Ken Briggs February 23, 2014 at 04:49 PM
Jim & John If you move out of the area you just might want to know whats going on in your home town . so let people know whats going on in your old digs and what is going on in your new place and let people know how better things are . but as for pets ,let people know where the best pet places are . wish more people would let pets in the place
Dawn Gee February 23, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Alek J. Hidell you're a creepy lil person.
Ken Briggs February 23, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Alek J. Hidell, you can go back where you came from .A lot of fine folks take care of the pets better than them selfs . they will feed the pets first before themself if they are low in funds . if you do not like pets then do not have one . at lease they do not talk back to you . you treat them right they will stay with you forever .
Riss February 23, 2014 at 09:59 PM
I don't fb or twit..why can't one email this article to one ..?
Marshall Sam McCloud February 23, 2014 at 10:14 PM
That's amazing but ummmm, HOW MUCH IS THE RENT AND UTILITIES?
Christopher Luther February 24, 2014 at 02:12 AM
Someone is neurotic here, Alek, but it isn't a dog lover. Your obsession over imagined trysts with animals tells us a lot more about you than it does them.
Dew Dew February 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Alek J. Hidell - Get back into cyberspace, you don't deserve to be on planet earth. Crawl back under the rock you came from... Who let this patient out of the psycho ward!
steve forte February 24, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Alek Hidell, alias used by Lee Harvey Oswald, the presumed assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy ____________________________________________________ yet he thinks pet owners are twisted.
Ken Briggs February 24, 2014 at 09:03 PM
Alek J. You need to get a pet and learn how to take care of one .
Alek J Hidell February 24, 2014 at 09:28 PM
LOL All you mongrels living in a kennel with your mutts, how appropriate. Just make sure to use flea powder...
Elsa February 25, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Ken Briggs, "Alek" doesn't deserve a pet; a person w/ such contempt & dislike of animals who is unable to appreciate the unconditional love, loyalty & companionship they offer is the LAST person who should get a pet. I'd pity the poor animal who is subjected to his crappy attitude & meanness.
Ken Briggs February 25, 2014 at 08:20 PM
Elsa this dumb boy needs one of those bark less dog come and take a bite out of his . he should be the one that wears a flie collar. he also should get throw away shoes so he does not step on anything that might dirty up he place . he needs to learn that some pets can savehis life some day .
Cris March 01, 2014 at 07:24 AM
Hey Marty, have you ever heard the saying if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything ;) Maybe you need to try it!! You have issues dude. Go see a shrink!! Or better yet, go back to your country.....;)
steve March 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Alek is what us old-timers used to call a "flamer". He's just trying to incite a reaction and that is what some of you are responding to. The point of the article appears to be that this nice old lady rents to pet-owners-only because of the perceived value that pet ownership imbues the human with care-giving characteristics which would then fall over into the way they treat the rental property. Or she simply likes animals. In either case, it is a bit refreshing.
Alek J Hidell March 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM
"pet ownership imbues the human with care-giving characteristics"....wrong. it imbues the human with a sense of power as his slave animal must rely upon his master for food. These are your captive children proxies and you can do what yo want with them; they have no rights.--plus you french kiss them after they lick their rectums of fecal globs and pinworms. Enjoy life in a kennel, freaks.
Paul Shafer March 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM
My cat keeps me as her pet.
steve March 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM
I find that a common trait with many cats. They condescend to let us live with them, feed them and otherwise attend to their every need ... under constant threat of being ignored. When they want attention, they want it NOW. When they want food, they want it NOW. When they want to be left alone, you get growled at (unless you scruff them firmly behind the head). And when it's time for bed they sit there and talk at you constantly until you give up and shut off the computer and come to bed. It's almost like being married.

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