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Pet-friendly rental searches surge

The volume of renters searching for pet-friendly properties has more than doubled since lockdown began, according to the latest data from Movebubble. 

Searches for properties that allow pets soared by 109% on the platform’s app, which Movebubble believes has been driven by an “unprecedented” demand for pets during the nationwide lockdown. 

Movebubble analysed data from over 700,000 users between 23 March and 11 May, and reported the greatest spike in searches from those renting in Northern cities. 

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Searches soared by 140% in Manchester, compared to a rise of 106% seen from London-based renters. 

On a year-on-year basis, searches for pet-friendly rentals were up 68% against June 2019. 

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.”

He added: “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.

“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.”

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