NoHo Landlord Says: No Pet, No Lease

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.
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. 

Audrey Fox February 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM
I have lived in this building for 10 years.Ive lost my original two..adopted 2 pugs since Ive been here..one from the pound,one from a private rescue.I love my neighbors..who helped walk the dogs. and,after my Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimers and I moved her in 4yrs ago..they helped me with her until her passing 3 months ago.She loved visiting all the dogs here.we have the best owner and manager in the world
j mann February 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM
What a wonderful woman!!! Thank you and only wish there were A LOT MORE JUST LIKE YOU! Back East it's hard to find an apt that DOESN'T allow pets and here it's ridiculous. The apt building owners are horrible here with their no pets policy. If they were smart they'd let RESPONSIBLE pet owners rent, cause quite frankly they're some of the best renters you can get. Get with the program Los Angeles. Pets are an important part of life. Please make changes to your selfish policy. There are ways around making sure if there's ANY damage done to your apt, it will be fixed. And trained animals don't damage apts - get it in writing but please let nice people with good pets rent. You won't be sorry!
Dave Rodriguez February 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM
why don't they ever mention the address of the place?
LABornAndRaised February 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Here you go: 5053 Cartwright Ave. , NoHo, 91601
charles Ewing February 22, 2014 at 01:52 PM
What size units? cats(2) welcome? Plus one that visit


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