8:48 AM, 14th May 2021, About a month ago 2
According to Google Trends, searches for “pets” has increased by 60% over the last three years. As a nation of pet lovers, more than two in five bought a puppy to be their Covid-19 companion, and two-thirds agreed that their dog was a “lifeline in lockdown”.
Mashroom has researched the most pet-friendly cities in the UK, by calculating the percentages of rental properties that allow pets in cities across the UK and Glasgow has taken the number one spot, with over half (50.2%) of properties allowing a furry friend.
Another Scottish city takes second place, with almost half (49.7%) of properties in Edinburgh listed as pet friendly. Cambridge rounds up the top three, with 44.4% of properties.
The top 10 pet-loving cities can be found below:
|City||% of rental homes that allow pets|
On the other end of the scale, we have Sheffield, with only 12.7% of rental properties currently listed as pet friendly. Other cities on the list include Bristol, Cardiff and Liverpool.
The research comes as Parliament introduced the Animal Sentience Bill on Thursday, as the government recognises the importance of pets in people’s lives.
Stepan Dobrovolskiy, CEO of Mashroom said:“In a time where more and more people are owning pets, Landlords should be expecting the number of tenants with pets to increase. Whilst the majority of tenants and pet owners are responsible, some are not, which is why having a blanket acceptance may not be the answer.
However, landlords and tenants can work together, have an open conversation about it, discuss the level of training the pet has had, or perhaps increase the number of inspections on the property until everybody is happy that there are no issues.”
MP Christopher Pincher, housing minister, said: “We are a nation of animal lovers and, over the last year, more people than ever before have welcomed pets into their lives and homes.
“However, it can’t be right that only a tiny fraction of landlords advertise pet-friendly properties and that, in some cases, people have had to give up their beloved pets in order to find somewhere to live.
“Through the changes to the tenancy agreement we are making, we are bringing an end to the unfair blanket ban on pets introduced by some landlords.”
“This strikes the right balance between helping more people find a home that’s right for them and their pet while ensuring landlords’ properties are safeguarded against inappropriate or badly behaved pets.”
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