The number of people looking to live in private rented accommodation is continuously increasing, and with it the call for pet-friendly tenancies.
Times are changing, and although some landlords have had a negative outlook on pets in rented housing in the past, certain areas in London are becoming more accommodating.
However, there are still plenty of landlords unhappy about having animals living in their properties, due to fears that they may cause damage.
With the aim to determine exactly where in London is the best location for those with pets, FASThomes.org (Family Accommodation Support Team) has extracted figures from Zoopla over the period of one month.
The results show that Kensington and Chelsea are the most pet-friendly, with 153 properties allowing pets during the time at which the information was gathered. Lewisham followed with 59, and Westminster, Lambeth and Wandsworth were close behind, with 56, 49 and 44 respectively.
The least pet-friendly London borough appears to be City of London, showing only one property that would allow pets. Other boroughs showing a pet-let reluctance include Redbridge with five and Barking and Dagenham (ironically) with three.
A list of the results for each borough can be viewed on the FASThomes website.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) has also released its Pet Data Report 2018 showing that 45% of households in the UK own pets. The association has stated: “We are delighted to see a growing number of households with pets, which has been triggered largely by an increase in ownership among families.”
This data shows an increase of 600,000 on last year and rises to 53% when looking at household with children.
With this in mind, it could be worth reluctant landlords reconsidering their stance on allowing animals to live in their properties. Despite worries about damage, there are responsible owners out there looking to rent. For those already with pets, landlords could look to references from their previous tenancies to confirm that there have been no issues in the past.