Newly released research from rental platform, Movebubble, has revealed that the volume of UK home-hunters searching for pet-friendly rental properties has jumped since the start of lockdown.
According to the data, searches for homes allowing pets have seen a rise of 109% on the app, as would-be tenants clamour to get their paws on a suitable property.
The firm believes the rise has been spurred by the puppy buying boom and unprecedented demand for animals during this period as stuck-at-home Britons have been buying them in record numbers.
Movebubble, who analysed internal data from over 700,000 users comparing week 13 (w/c 23 March), to week 19 (w/c 4 May), witnessed the greatest surge in appetite from city renters in the north, with searches leaping 140% in Manchester, compared to a rise of 106% from southern renters searching in the capital.
The trend for ‘pet-friendly’ rentals also continues on a macro level as searches on the platform are also up 68% per cent YoY compared to June 2019.
There was also a rise in enquiries for properties with outdoor space, up 193% since mid-March – further reflecting this greater need for a compatible space to meet the needs of a four-legged friend.
Aidan Rushby, CEO of Movebubble said, “Since lockdown came into effect, people have not only rapidly adapted to Home Walkthrough video viewings – but have shown a real shift in new priorities coming to light in the search for a new home.
“With millions of people now working from home or on extended furlough, many have taken the opportunity to quench long-held aspirations to have a pet to keep them company.
“While today’s forced remote working culture has been an adjustment for lots of Brits, many are looking forward to the possibility of working from home more after the pandemic subsides – suggesting we could see this burgeoning trend continuing.
“As pet owners ourselves, we know how it can be more challenging to find a home that accepts pets. The good news is things are changing.
“Earlier in the year, housing secretary Robert Jenrick called on landlords to make it easier for tenants renting a property with pets, so homeowners are being actively encouraged to consider responsible tenants with furry friends”
“At Movebubble, we’re here to do it for renters, which is why we offer a filter on the app for you to search for pet-friendly properties. Compared to this time last year, we have 38% more applicable homes available.”