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Pet Friendly Flats to Rent

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18.02.19

There’s no denying that the UK is a nation of pet lovers. A staggering 45% of all households in the UK are also home to a family pet. 26% are home to a dog, 18% home to a cat and even 0.8% are home to a tortoise.

So with as much as a fifth of UK households being within the private rental sector (landlords renting out their properties to tenants) why is it so hard to find pet friendly flats to rent?

A study conducted by SpareRoom found that “78% of tenants struggled to find rented accommodation that will allow their pets to live with them”. As a pet friendly landlord, that’s a statistic that baffles us.

Why do landlords not allow pets?

Many landlords are simply opposed to the damage that a pet can cause in a flat.

It’s fair to say that dogs and cats can cause a fair amount of wear and tear – even the well-behaved ones. From shedding hair and scratching furniture to sickness and other accidents, pets can have a detrimental impact on a property. You might not notice the gradual change if you live with a pet, but a landlord will notice the difference.

Bad offenders can have a big impact on a property. So much so that the deposit sometimes doesn’t cover all the damage. So it’s understandable why some landlords would want to steer away from this.

But not us.

Why we offer pet friendly flats to rent

We offer pet friendly flats simply because we believe that pets are a vital part of a home and a family.

Beyond the obvious benefit of having an extra friend about the house, there are also dozens of benefits to owning a pet. From reducing stress and combating loneliness through to improving your fitness and boosting your immune system.

It’s also a good way to meet new people in London. Connect with fellow dog walkers or use your experiences with a pet as a handy conversation starter.

So by banning pets, we would be limiting our residents’ lifestyle. And that’s not something we’re willing to do.

We’ve always had pet friendly apartments ever since we opened our first building, Vantage Point, in September 2016. Back then we launched a few pet friendly floors for pet owners. By the time we were opening our second development, Dressage Court, we realised how important and popular pet ownership was to renters. So we made all our apartments in all our developments pet friendly!

What are the rules?

We do have some rules when it comes to pets in our properties. Not all pets are allowed as there are limitations on what’s fair, ethical and safe in a city apartment. The pets we allow are:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Select birds
  • Fish

Animals that fall outside of the above are sadly not allowed. Also, dogs listed on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 are also not allowed.

If you decide to apply for one of our apartments then all you’ll have to do is complete a pet licence form. We’ll sometimes ask you to attend a ‘pet interview’, where our residents’ team will meet your pet just to double check that it will fit in with the rest of the community, and that it’s veterinary records are up to date.

How much extra rent do you have to pay?

All we charge is an additional £20 per month per animal as pet rent, and we will also take an extra week’s deposit just in case. Beyond that there are no hidden fees or additional costs to worry about.

Pet friendly flats to rent

So if you’re a pet owner and you’re struggling to find pet friendly flats to rent in London, request a viewing with us now. Our team will guide you through the process and show you some beautiful apartments to meet your needs.

 

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