- Most pet-friendly London boroughs: Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Tower Hamlets, Camden and Wandsworth.
- Least pet-friendly boroughs: Waltham Forest, Barking & Dagenham, City of London, Kingston upon Thames and Havering.
- There are 122 fewer properties that allow pets in 2019 compared with the previous year.
- The most common pets in the UK are dogs with 25% of Brits owning one, followed by cats with 17%.
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
THE LONDON BOROUGHS WHO ARE LESS PET-FRIENDLY:
Barking and Dagenham
City of London
Kingston upon Thames
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%).