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Chestertons News 01 February 2017

Chestertons launches Lets with Pets scheme in light of new research

Chestertons has teamed up with Dogs Trust to champion the charity's "Lets with Pets" scheme, and is now offering London's largest selection of rental properties where pets are considered. Having recently commissioned a YouGov survey*, Chestertons reveals that 77% of UK private renters think that having a pet would negatively affect their ability to rent a property and 76% think it would be difficult to find a landlord that is willing to accept pets. Responding to the challenges that pet-owners face when looking for a new home, Chestertons is now offering guidance and free advice to tenants and is encouraging landlords to consider tenants with pets wherever possible.

76% think it would be difficult to find a landlord that is willing to accept pets.

Richard Davies, Head of Lettings

As a key part to this initiative, Chestertons has added new functionality to its website that allows visitors to search specifically for properties where pets are considered: there are currently nearly 200 such properties available to rent, from £325 to £35,000 per week.

In association with Lets with Pets, Chestertons has also produced two comprehensive guides to renting with pets, containing valuable advice and tips for landlords and tenants to help negotiate a problem-free rental agreement.

Richard Davies, Head of Lettings, comments: "We are regularly contacted by both pet-owners who are having difficulties finding a home to rent and landlords that are nervous about accepting pets in their properties. However, we believe that with the information, advice and guidance that we are now offering as part of our involvement with the Lets with Pets scheme, we can address these difficulties and help significantly increase the number of rental properties available for pet-owning tenants."

Clare Kivlehan at Dogs Trust adds: "There is a growing demand for pet-friendly lettings as our Lets with Pets website has registered a large increase in visitors over the last year, with a quarter (24%) of all visitors coming from London. Chestertons is one of London's largest estate agents and having them on board adds real weight to our initiative. We are hoping our partnership will help us unite pet-owners and pet-friendly landlords and raise further awareness of the scheme."

Additional data from the Pet Population Report by the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PMFA) reveals that 13 million households in the UK have pets, with the majority of these (nine million) being dogs. This has increased by 12.5% over the last two years. The UK's Top 5 pets include cats, fish, rabbits and caged birds.