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Which London boroughs are best for tenants with pets in 2022?

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Sam Bromley

4 August 2022

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Boroughs in West London have a high percentage of properties available that allow pets, while Merton sits at the bottom of our list. Find out the best and worst London areas for tenants with pets.

As part of its rental reforms, the government wants to change the law so that it’s easier for tenants to have pets.

It would give tenants the legal right to keep pets in rental properties, with landlords needing to give ‘good reason’ not to allow them.

But with this law not set in stone, which areas in the capital are the most pet-friendly today?

Data reveals the best areas in London for pets

We analysed Zoopla data to reveal the best areas in London for tenants that have pets.

If you’re a tenant, you could use the data below as a guide on where to look in London if you want a pet (or are planning on moving with a pet in tow).

If you’re a landlord, the data might show areas of opportunity if you’re willing to open up your property to tenants with pets.

For example, if an area has a low percentage of pet-friendly properties, advertising that you’re pet-friendly could stand out to a wider pool of tenants.

And once you’ve secured a tenant with a pet, they’re often likely to stay in the property for longer, as it may be more difficult for them to find future pet-friendly properties.

Top 10 most pet-friendly boroughs

West London appears to be especially pet-friendly, with four out of its seven boroughs (57.1 per cent) appearing in the top 10.

Borough

% pet-friendly properties

Sub-region

Hounslow

10.4%

West London

Hammersmith and Fulham

9.7%

West London

Barking and Dagenham

7.9%

East London

City of Westminster

7.5%

Central London

Croydon

6.8%

South London

Southwark

6.4%

Central London

Brent

6.4%

West London

Ealing

6.3%

West London

Kensington and Chelsea

5.9%

Central London

Bexley

5.1%

East London

Bottom 10 boroughs for pets

Merton has an especially low percentage of pet-friendly properties, with South London as a whole not being pet-friendly – half of its six boroughs are in the bottom 10.

Borough

% pet-friendly properties

Sub-region

Merton

0.6%

South London

Harrow

1.7%

West London

Enfield

2.1%

North London

Hackney

2.5%

East London

City of London

2.6%

Central London

Haringey

2.6%

North London

Islington

2.7%

Central London

Wandsworth

2.8%

South London

Barnet

2.8%

North London

Kingston upon Thames

2.8%

South London

We analysed the data by looking at how many properties were listed specifically as pet-friendly on Zoopla for each borough. We calculated the percentage against the total number of properties advertised at the time for each borough. The data was collected on 12 July 2022. The sub-regions (Central, North, South, East, and West) are based on the London Plan.

Pets: opportunities for both tenants and landlords

According to the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), in the UK there are:

  • 10.2 million dogs (27 per cent of UK adults own a dog)
  • 11.1 million cats (24 per cent of UK adults own a cat)
  • one million rabbits (two per cent of UK adults own a rabbit)

Pets can benefit tenants’ wellbeing. The PDSA says that 94 per cent of pet owners report that their pets make them happy, while 84 per cent believe that owning a pet improves their mental health.

But according to the government, just seven per cent of private landlords currently advertise pet-friendly properties.

This means that while allowing tenants with pets will come with extra considerations (how to cover potential property damage, for example), landlords who open up properties to tenants with pets could attract a wider pool of renters.

If you’re a landlord, here are some tips for being pet-friendly:

Ask questions about your tenant’s pets. What kind of animal do they have (or want to have)? You can decide whether to allow pets on an individual basis, so don’t be afraid to work with your tenant to help you make a decision.

Include pets in the referencing process. You’ll usually ask tenants to give references from previous landlords. You can include a question about pets in there. Did they get permission, was the property well maintained, and was there any damage?

Update the contract. If you’re allowing a tenant to have a pet, make sure you include a clause about pets and the terms for keeping them in the assured shorthold tenancy agreement.

The government wants landlords to allow pets

Pets have been on the government’s agenda for some time, with its most recent plans published as part of a white paper on rental reforms in the UK.

In the white paper, the government announced its intention to stop ‘blanket bans’ on pets in rental properties.

The law would also give tenants the ability to challenge landlords if they’re not allowed pets.

As for landlords, they would be able to require that renters get insurance to cover property damage caused by pets.

We’re keen to hear your opinion on pet-friendly properties. Do you agree with the government’s plans under its white paper? Let us know in the comments below.

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