The owner of the cats says this is a temporary arrangement

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January 15, 2019 05:02 PM

A studio apartment in San Jose, California, has some unconventional tenants.

Landlord David Callisch found himself renting out the studio unit behind his San Jose home to two cats – Tina and Louise – for $1,500/month, the local CBS affiliate reported.

“It’s quirky isn’t it? I never planned for this to happen,” Callisch told the outlet. “People love their pets, they’re part of their family, so I wanted to help out my buddy.”

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That buddy is Troy Good, reported the New York Post, who is just trying to keep the peace between his daughter’s cats and fiancée’s dog – the pets didn’t get along well according to CBS – while his daughter, Victoria Amith, is away at college. Good pays the $1,500 rent each month for the cats. The studio is also equipped with an Apple TV.

Anda Chu/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News/Getty
Anda Chu/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News/Getty

According to The Mercury Newsthe cats are getting a good deal in pricing, reporting that most rents in the area are usually just under $2,000/month.

“It’s not in a public space, it’s in someone’s backyard,” Amith, who described herself as a “cat lady,” explained to CBS. “Because there’s obviously a huge housing issue in the area, and I don’t want people to be like, ‘Oh, this is taking away the housing.’ “

Amith went on to explain that it’s just a temporary solution until she is able to find a place of her own after finishing up her school year.

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While Callisch does say he feels guilty about wasting the living space on animals, it was simply a “weird thing that happened” and he wanted to help his friend out.

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