Renting with pets: Properties available in Nottinghamshire right now
The lockdown has created an increase in the number of pet owners in the UK.
In fact, the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (pfma) estimates that 3.2 million UK households have acquired a pet since the start of the pandemic, or 34 million pets in the UK. , according to their numbers.
If you are one of those households and are now looking to move into rental accommodation, have you given any thought to whether or not the landlords would accept your new family member?
According to figures from Rightmove, demand for pet-friendly properties has increased by 120% over the past year, while total tenant demand has increased by 13%.
And looking at the top ten search terms that potential tenants use when they filter properties using the website’s “keyword sort”. In terms, searches related to pets are consistently ranked as the most popular, beating “balcony”, “garden” and even “furnished” in the first position.
Tim Bannister, Director of Property Data at Rightmove, said: âThe increase in the number of pet owners during lockdown periods has been well documented, and we are seeing this reflected in the rental market.
âBecoming a pet owner is a long-term commitment. then that can open them up to a larger pool of potential tenants. “
Local real estate agent Paul Sweeney, director of Robert Ellis Estate Agents, said a few of the owners he acts for allow pets, but added: “Those who do tend to be the ones who have animals themselves or who appreciate the difficulty in finding housing that will allow pets to have a previous experience.
“I guess the reason most [landlords] prefer not to allow pets is the likely minority of pet owners who may not respect owners property and the animal rules the perch … cats scratch carpets and doors, the smell of a big dog, etc. This inevitably leads to more wear and tear on the property and additional costs to the landlord in repair and refurbishment costs between tenants. So the perception of this situation puts off the owners. “
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