Pet-friendly rental demand up by 120%

Rightmove has reported a 120% increase in tenants searching for pet-friendly rental homes since last year. Given that the total tenant demand was only up by 13%, this is a significant increase. More than a third of UK households have become pet owners since the first lockdown in March 2020 so, it will be interesting to see how this affects the market going forward. 

Tim Bannister, property expert at Rightmove, says: “Becoming a pet owner is a long-term commitment, so what’s really interesting to consider is the impact this could have on the rental market in the future, and it’s a signal to landlords that if they were to consider allowing a well-behaved pet then it may open them up to a bigger pool of potential tenants.”

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