The UK is nation of animal lovers, however relocating with pets is not made easy as it can be incredibly difficult to find a rental property that readily accepts animals, especially in central London. If you are moving with animals, Garrington Relocation’s team of experts can offer professional advice to assist you with all your London pet relocation needs. According to the UK’s animal welfare organisation 46% of UK households have pets, highlighting that the UK is welcoming to animals and will accommodate them where possible.
One of the main issues lies not with the Landlords in London who might consider renting their property to a tenant with pets, but with the lease agreement. Many landlords are leaseholders and have a freehold that states in the terms of the lease that animals are not allowed. We have seen this time and time again in many prime rental property areas in central London, in fact over 90% of letting agents are unable to offer any flats that accept pets, especially for a one or two bedroom property.
Of those letting agents offering pet friendly accommodation, some may require owners to place a larger deposit to cover the dilapidation cost at the end of the tenancy agreement.
The good news is that once you find your rental property, London is overall very pet-friendly, with a number of wonderful public parks in the centre of the city offering the perfect opportunity for long walks. Dogs can even travel on the public transport system in tubes, on buses and sometimes taxis, along with a selection of pubs, restaurants, and shops also welcoming dogs inside their establishments.
The new pet passport has seen an increase in the amount of people relocating with companions and looking for rental properties that will accept animals. It is well worth getting a reference from a previous tenancy stating that the property was left in a good condition, as this might be all it takes to persuade a landlord to accept pets.
To find out more about relocating with pets feel free to contact Garrington Relocation.