A man is renting out his $1,500-a-month Silicon Valley studio apartment to a pair of cats - who he describes as “very quiet” tenants.
The unusual tenant situation, as reported by Mercury News, arose out of necessity, when renter Troy Good realised that he could not keep his daughter’s two Maine Coon and Bombay-mixed cats in his apartment when she went off to college - as they didn’t get along with Good’s terrier.
Rather than giving them away, Good came up with a solution when he realised his friend and apartment owner David Callisch was planning on listing his studio on AirBnb - admitting that he would have paid more than $1,500 as long as his daughter was happy and the cats were safe.
Fortunately, the agreement worked out well, according to landlord Callisch, who told the newspaper: “Basically I’ve got two renters that don’t have opposable thumbs. It’s actually great. They’re very quiet, obviously. The only problem is they stink up the place.”
And, considering the astronomical prices of real estate in Silicon Valley, cats Tina and Louise, named after Bob’s Burgers characters, actually got a good deal.
According to the article, the average rent for a studio apartment in the technology hub of the San Francisco Bay area is $1,951, as reported by RentCafe.
Although the lack of kitchen in the apartment brought the rent down slightly, it works out for feline tenants - who get their food from Callisch when he visits everyday to feed and play with the cats.
The cats, who have an Instagram account run by Good’s daughter Victoria Amith, also have an Apple TV in their new home.
However, not everyone agrees with the use of available property in Silicon Valley, considering the ongoing housing and homeless crisis.
On Twitter, people have pointed out the issue with the cat housing in an apartment that could otherwise be rented by people - for lower rent than usually found in the area.
“Silicon Valley is a place with so much inequality where thousands of people sleep on the streets every night while someone rents a below-market studio for $1,500 a month to two cats,” Seattle Times real estate reporter Mike Rosenberg tweeted.
Silicon Valley is a place with so much inequality where thousands of people sleep on the streets every night while someone rents a below-market studio for $1,500 a month to two catshttps://t.co/2n3FKmRs3h
— Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) January 13, 2019
This is the “out of touch” reality that exists in Silicon Valley ... while others sleep on the streets ... | San Jose apartment rents for $1,500 to two cats https://t.co/sqkTH6Frqz
— Scott C. Lemon (@humancell) January 14, 2019
While people sleep in the streets.
— Jesse Hapke 🗽 (@JesseHapke) January 14, 2019
Another person asked: “Does he know that there are homeless people and people struggling to pay rent?”