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No dogs allowed: Least pet-friendly boroughs for renters

More and more landlords are worried that pooches will mess up their properties

Pets are not only furry companions, but most owners see them as part of the family. Not to mention the mental health benefits having a pet brings. In fact, data suggest that they can lower stress, anxiety, and are even great for people suffering with depression.

So, there’s no wonder why we’re a nation of pet lovers, some more than others, as revealed by the housing experts at Sellhousefast.uk who looked at the number of properties to rent that allow tenants to have pets in each London borough to see which area is the most pet welcoming.

The research was made by extracting data from Zoopla during the month of September 2019, to see how many properties (houses and flats) allow tenants to have pets. 

Furthermore, Sellhousefast.uk had a look at the percentage of pets owned by UK households to see what the most popular pets of the country are in 2019, by extracting data from PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association). 

THE TOP FIVE MOST PET-FRIENDLY LONDON BOROUGHS:

Kensington and Chelsea
Westminster
Tower Hamlets
Camden 
Wandsworth 

THE LONDON BOROUGHS WHO ARE LESS PET-FRIENDLY: 

Waltham Forest 
Barking and Dagenham 
City of London 
Kingston upon Thames 
Havering

Interestingly, the number of pet-friendly properties to rent in London has decreased by 122 compared with last year, showing that landlords are perhaps becoming less accepting of pets. 

What are the most common pets in the UK?

It comes to no surprise that the most common pets in the UK are dogs with 25% Brits owning one, followed by cats with 17%, both noticing a 1% decrease from the following year. 

The percentage of households with other pets include:

Rabbits (1%), indoor birds (1%), guinea pigs (1%), hamsters (1%), tortoises and turtles (0.7%), lizards (0,6%), domestic fowl (0.4%), snakes (0.4%), horses and ponies (0.3%), gerbils (0.2%), rats (0.1%), ferrets (0.1%), insects (0.1%), pigeons (0.1%) and frogs and toads (0.1%). 

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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