Third of owners unable to find pet-friendly rental accommodation

Thursday, 27th October 2011

A third of animal owners in the UK say they have been unable to find a rental property where the landlord is happy for them to have pet food and toys.

That is according to research by Let with Pets, which also found that while the average person spent 50 days looking for a suitable rental property, pet owners spent between two months and a year searching.

Clare Kivlehan, who runs the Lets with Pets scheme at Dogs Trust, said: "We have signed up over 100 lettings agencies across the UK as campaign supporters, but our research shows that the majority are still not giving pet owners the chance they deserve.

"We'd like people to be able to search easily on property websites for suitable options rather than having to make individual enquiries."

She added that pet owners appear to make responsible tenants, as 75 per cent said they would pay for carpets and soft furnishings to be professionally cleaned when they move out and 59 per cent said they would pay a higher deposit to rent with pets.

Earlier this year, Battersea Cats & Dogs Home said that pets are the victims of the growing rental market, saying it had witnessed an increase in the number of people giving up their animals because of strict tenancy agreements.