We are a nation of animal lovers. The RSPCA estimates that the UK pet population is now reaching over 51 million, with 44% of UK households home to a furry friend.
With nine million dogs and eight million cats to keep safe and warm, not to mention the 34 million other birds, hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits making up the numbers, there’s certainly space somewhere for our cuddly pals.
However, according to recent research by Howsy, that space isn’t being found in the UK’s rental market. Only 7% of rental properties listed currently allow pets. But could this all be about to change?
The Government has recently announced a change to tenancy contracts which will mean landlords are no longer allowed to say no to pets, potentially opening the doors to a massive 93% of the market!
However, any pet owner knowns it is not as simple as finding a property with an understanding landlord. Pets are one of the trickiest family members to please, and making sure that a property ticks all of their boxes is a big ask.
Howsy looked at where in the UK offered the best location for pet-friendly renting, exploring locations with the most greenspace available, the best chance of finding a pet-friendly property, and all for an affordable monthly cost.
Using data from Gov.co.uk on land use across England, Howsy explored the locations with the highest percentage of land attributed to both greenspace and domestic gardens, taking the top 50 areas for each, before highlighting which of these top 50 were home to the lowest average monthly rental cost.
Any dog owner will agree that a great park or safe fields close by to stretch your (six) legs in is a huge benefit, to pooch and owner alike. For tenants looking for an abundance of walkies choice, Richmondshire is the best spot with a huge 97.3% of land in the district classified as such – a brilliant option if your pup needs long walks!
However, taking great walks and great value into account is also important. When it comes to the highest percentage of greenspace at the most affordable rental cost, Carlisle was top of the pups, with 91.7% of land classified as greenspace and an average monthly rent of just £487.
East Lindsey ranks second with the average rent at £513, with Scarborough (£517), Staffordshire Moorlands (£536), West Lindsey (£550), Basset Law (£551), Eden (£570), High Peak (£570), Richmondshire (£587) and Craven (£605).
Being able to strap on the wellies and take to the hills is one thing, but there’s nothing more convenient than your own garden space. If you are a pet owner, having a safe and secure outside area can be a life-saver on cold, wet, wintery nights!
Of the top 50 locations with the largest percentage of land classified as domestic gardens, Harrow is the highest with 34.7%, however, the luxury of outside space so close to the capital doesn’t come cheap, with and average rent coming in at an eye-watering £1,407 per month.
Still close to dazzling lights, Blackpool’s rental market offers the is the best location in England to rent at an affordable price with the highest chance of securing a garden. With 22.8% of land is classed as domestic gardens, whilst the average rent is just £527 per month.
Other areas to make the top 10 include Dudley (£572), Walsall (£572), Wolverhampton (£573), Derby (£586), Sandwell (£589), Leicester (£629), Torbay (£633), Nottingham (£657) and Coventry (£657).
CEO of Howsy and Upad, Calum Brannan, commented:
“Our pets are a big part of our lives so it’s great that the Government is going to look at improving the rental sector for tenants with pets to provide more options when it comes to a place to live.”
“Of course, we need to be careful that this agreement works for both landlords and tenants and safeguards a landlord’s home as much as it does the tenant’s right to rent it. Regardless of what happens, it’s vital that anyone thinking of bringing a pet into their rental home does so after considering all aspects, not just whether or not the landlord will allow it.”
“It’s a huge commitment and one that lasts many years more than the average tenancy agreement, so be sure you are in a position to provide a proper life for your pet and don’t jump in at the deep end just because the Government may decide you can do so.”