These are the 13 best cities for pet owners to rent a house

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If you’re a pet owner, Stafford and Hastings might be the best cities for you to rent a house.

Less than 27 per cent of listings on the website OpenRent said landlords would allow tenants with pets.

A government white paper published last week promises to “make it easier for tenants to share their homes with much-loved pets”.

Data analysed by the BBC Shared Data Unit shows that in Stafford all 10 listings said landlords would allow pets. In Hastings, all seven listings said they would tenants and their furry friends to rent.

Of a total of about 9000 listings, just under 2500 of them said pets would be allowed.

The much awaited Renters Reform Bill will also prevent landlords from carrying out ‘no fault evictions’.

Housing charity Shelter says:

“We’ll continue to put pressure on the government to deliver a Renters’ Reform Bill that will improve housing standards, empower renters to enforce their rights, tackle discrimination.”

And you might struggle to find a house to rent with your furry friend in:

  • Ceredigion
  • Worcester
  • City of London
  • Colchester
  • Reading
  • Havant
  • Monmouthshire
  • Castle Point

Not a single listing in any of these cities said landlords would allow tenants with pets.

The Fairer Private Rented Sector white paper from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says:

“Domestic pets can bring joy, happiness, and comfort to their owners, as well as supporting their mental and physical wellbeing including through challenging times.

“We will make it easier for landlords to accept pets by amending the Tenant Fees Act 2019 to include pet insurance as a permitted payment. This means landlords will be able to require pet insurance, so that any damage to their property is covered.”

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