These are the best and worst UK cities to rent a pet-friendly home

Searching for a property to rent with pets in tow doesn’t always come easy, with some cities proving better than others for renting options that allow pets (Photo: Shutterstock)
Searching for a property to rent with pets in tow doesn’t always come easy, with some cities proving better than others for renting options that allow pets (Photo: Shutterstock)

Searching for a property to rent with pets in tow doesn’t always come easy, with some cities proving better than others for renting options that allow pets.

But Towergate Insurance has analysed the UK’s 25 largest cities by population figures in order to determine the most ‘pet-friendly’ locations for renters.

Southampton most pet-friendly city

The research reveals Southampton as the UK’s most pet-friendly city for those renting property, performing well across all areas, with lack of rent price ‘penalties’ for pet owners and a lower estimated number of neighbour complaints regarding pets.

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    Nottingham and Manchester came in second and third place respectively, with Derby taking the fourth spot, and Birmingham ranking in the top five.

    Ranking factors included:

    The percentage of available rentals with a gardenPercentage of available rentals listed as ‘pets allowed’Affordable rentals listed as ‘pets allowed’Lack of pet owner rent price ‘penalty’A lack of neighbour complaints in regards to pets amongst others.

    London came last in the list overall, performing poorly across all 10 criteria points, with Swansea, Glasgow, Cardiff and Leicester also ranking towards the bottom of the list.

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    These are the UK’s 25 major cities when renting with pets ranked:

    SouthamptonNottinghamManchesterDerbyBirminghamPlymouthCoventryStoke-on-TrentBristolLeedsEdinburghPrestonLiverpoolKingston upon HullSheffieldNewportSunderlandBradfordBelfastWolverhamptonLeicesterCardiffGlasgowSwanseaLondon

    Winners per category

    Top 3 cities for percentage of available rentals with a garden:

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    DerbyWolverhamptonNewport

    Top 3 cities for percentage of available rentals listed as ‘pets allowed’:

    NewportPlymouthBelfast

    Top 3 cities for affordable rentals listed as ‘pets allowed’:

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    BradfordBelfastKingston upon Hull

    Top 3 cities for lack of pet owner rent price ‘penalty’

    LeedsBelfastEdinburgh

    Top 3 cities for lack of neighbour complaints regarding pets

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    LeedsEdinburghSouthampton