No Mortgage, No Pet: Half of Tenants Who Fear Never Owning Own Home Face Uphill Battle in Pet-averse Rented Sector

New analysis from animal welfare charity Battersea reveals that one in two tenants concern they may by no means purchase a house, with the rising variety of lifetime renters considerably limiting the UK’s aspirations of pet possession.

In the UK, the share of households occupied by non-public renters has nearly doubled in twenty years.[1] Whilst 76% of tenants presently personal or aspire to personal a pet,[2] with 1 in 3 saying their pets assist their psychological wellbeing, final yr simply 7% of personal landlords listed their properties as permitting animals.[3] This highlights the rented sector’s stark failure to fulfill rising demand amongst tenants for pet pleasant lodging.

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The findings of the Battersea survey, which polled a nationally consultant pattern of two,000 UK adults, are a part of the charity’s ongoing Pet Friendly Properties marketing campaign and are available after the Government unveiled a sequence of recent pet pleasant insurance policies in its long-awaited White Paper, ‘A fairer rented sector’, final month. The proposed measures embrace formally granting tenants the proper to request an animal of their property, while requiring landlords to supply a justifiable purpose for refusing a pet. With 1 in 4 individuals figuring out a scarcity of pet pleasant properties as one of many largest housing points within the UK, Battersea’s findings verify the size of the problem for the booming business.

Peter Laurie, Battersea’s Chief Executive, stated: “At Battersea, we absorb much-loved pets for a lot of causes – however one issue we see homeowners cite time and time once more is just not having the ability to discover a rental property that permits animals. It’s heart-breaking to see homeowners having to surrender their cherished pets for lack of housing choices.

“With long-term renting firmly on the rise, we’re calling on the Government to do extra to extend the variety of pet pleasant properties throughout the nation. Not solely will this assist guarantee extra canines and cats are in a position to keep of their authentic, loving properties, it’ll additionally permit extra individuals to benefit from the many advantages of accountable pet possession.”

Fortunately, there are already landlords who help their tenants’ option to personal a pet. Dominic Payne de Cramilly, an Essex-based landlord with two canines and two cats of his personal, has had excellent experiences with pet-owning tenants. A National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) member and landlord of 25 years, he believes the advantages of renting to pet homeowners – like decrease tenant turnover and gaining a business edge over animal-averse rivals – have thus far gone comparatively unnoticed by landlords.

Dominic stated: “Providing the property is appropriate for the kind of pet a tenant owns, I’ve completely no problem renting to a pet proprietor. Ultimately, I discover animals are a product of their homeowners – if the tenant is nicely behaved, chances are high their pet can be too. I’ve been a landlord for 1 / 4 of a century and have had much more points with people inflicting injury in my properties than I’ve ever had with pets. The concept of all pets being harmful is a large false impression, and there’s positively some myth-busting to be achieved amongst the owner group.”

One of Battersea’s suggestions, which was acknowledged within the Government’s newest White Paper, is to tell extra landlords and tenants of the advantages of taking out insurance coverage in opposition to pet injury. The charity’s analysis reveals this type of resolution is well-received by landlords, with 70 per cent saying they have been extra more likely to contemplate having pets of their lodging if sure precautions, corresponding to injury insurance coverage, have been taken.[4]

One tenant who reached a workable compromise along with her landlord is Sophie Savage. After spending 18 months looking in useless for rental lodging that may settle for each her and her 13-year-old cat, she lastly discovered an understanding landlord. The charity is encouraging extra tenants like Sophie to broach the pet dialog with their landlords. As with Sophie, this can hopefully assist them attain sensible agreements and, in flip, allow extra renters to reap the advantages of pet possession.

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Sophie stated: “I feel the explanation why my state of affairs works so nicely is that my landlord and I’ve communicated brazenly and truthfully from the start, which is one thing that advantages us each. From the beginning I’ve taken smart steps to keep away from something getting broken – like placing a plastic protect round my stair banister to cease my cat from scratching it – which has helped create a shared sense of belief. The expertise has proved to me that, offering each events are keen to speak to one another and make cheap changes, this type of landlord-tenant relationship generally is a actually constructive one.”

To discover out extra about Battersea’s Pet Friendly Properties marketing campaign and signal a pledge to point out your help for renters to have the chance to expertise the fun of pet possession, please go to www.battersea.org.uk/pet-friendly-properties.

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