11:35 AM, 8th February 2022, About 2 years ago 7
It is now the anniversary of the UK government New Model Tenancy Agreement to give pet owners more freedom to rent, and Quintain Living has released a new study focusing on renting with pets in the UK.
The study, based on 1,000 respondents who own pets, provides insights on the secret life of pet owners, the best and worst UK cities for pet owners, the pets most commonly concealed from landlords and even how owners hide pets from their landlords.
The study revealed that nearly one-third of pet owners in the UK have been hiding their pets for over three years. 38% of respondents said they do not feel comfortable asking their landlord for permission to keep a pet and almost one-third experienced difficulty finding a property to rent as a pet owner.
It was also revealed that 21% of men and 17% of women surveyed said that keeping their pets hidden has had a negative impact on their mental health. What’s more, almost one in five pet owners (17%) said that they have considered giving up their pet in order to find somewhere to live.
Birds were named as the most secretly kept pets in the UK – a staggering 50% of respondents who keep birds admitted hiding them from their landlord. Rabbits came in second place, cited by 43% of people who own them. A truly unexpected animal finds itself coming in third place – horses, according to 33% of respondents.
When it comes to hiding pets from landlords during inspections, the most common way is taking the pet for a walk (35%), asking a friend to look after it (32%), asking neighbours to watch it (19%) and hiding it in the wardrobe or cupboard (15%). Almost one in ten pet owners (9%) admitted they disguise their pets to conceal them from their landlords.
Other key findings from the survey:
The most pet-friendly landlords live in Norwich (96%), Leeds (95%) and Sheffield (93%) while Plymouth (82%), Cardiff (80%) and Edinburgh (73%) were voted as the cities with the fewest pet-friendly landlords
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