Searches for pet-friendly homes more than doubled since lockdown began
Em Morley - July 16, 2020
Rental platform Movebubble has seen an increase in home-hunters searching for pet-friendly homes since the start of lockdown.
Searches for homes allowing pets have more than doubled (increasing by 109%).
The platform analysed internal data from over 700,000 users, comparing week 13 (commencing 23rd March) to week 19 (commencing 4th May). In particular there has been a surge of interest from city renters in the north, with searches increasing 140% in Manchester. In comparison, London saw a rise of 106%.
Looking at year-on-year data, searches for pet-friendly homes are up 65% compared to June 2019.
Properties with outdoor space are also more sought after, seeing a 193% rise in interest since mid-March. This could be seen to go hand-in-hand with the requirement to find a place that allows pets.
Aidan Rushby, CEO of Movebubble,commented: “Since lockdown came into effect, people have not only rapidly adapted to Home Walkthrough video viewings – but have shown a real shift in new priorities coming to light in the search for a new home.
“With millions of people now working from home or on extended furlough, many have taken the opportunity to quench long-held aspirations to have a pet to keep them company.
“While today’s forced remote working culture has been an adjustment for lots of Brits, many are looking forward to the possibility of working from home more after the pandemic subsides – suggesting we could see this burgeoning trend continuing.
“As pet owners ourselves, we know how it can be more challenging to find a home that accepts pets. The good news is things are changing.