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How a Pit Bull Could Help You Get Your Next Apartment

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If you've tried to rent an apartment in Los Angeles recently along with a canine companion, you've no doubt been asked, "what kind of dog is it?" as many times as you've filled out applications. The meaning behind the question isn't subtle; landlords aren't interested in knowing that you happen to have an Australian Shepherd mix whose worst quality is that she just loves too much. They want to know whether you have a pit bull, or another breed deemed aggressive, or possibly a yapper, and if so, your chances of hearing from them again are about as good as if you vomit on a first date.

But one dog-loving lady who works for real estate broker Keller Williams is doing the exact opposite when it comes to pups. In an ad for a recent vacancy, Sandy Zalagens offered a $150 discount on the $950 a month rent to any would-be tenants who agreed to adopt Big Louie, an 80-pound pit who Zalagens helped rescue off the streets.

The Huffington Post reports that the process might be somewhat questionable in terms of, you know, legality and whatnot, but that after finding a tenant amenable to the unusual rental requirement, Zalagens so far hasn't run into any problems.