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A new online tool launched today can be used to help Britons find out which UK towns and cities have the most lenient landlords when it comes to owning a pet.

Created by home interiors specialist www.hillarys.co.uk, Lets for Pets allows renting Britons who may be thinking of getting a pet to see where in the UK would be their best bet.

Out of 100 locations, Carlisle had the highest percentage of ‘no pets allowed’ properties (68%) and Belfast had the least (3%).

Dog on sofa, owner reading magazine

The team created the site after finding that more than half of renting Britons (57%) wanted a pet but couldn’t due to landlord or letting agents’ stipulations. Out of these, two fifths (41%) said they wanted a cat, almost a third (32%) said they wanted a dog and the remaining 27% said they wanted a small pet such as a hamster or a rabbit.

Almost half of the respondents (49%) said they had approached their landlord about a pet but almost all (98%) of requests being rejected.

The 10 places where landlords are least likely to allow pets

  1. Carlisle – 68% (of properties would not allow pets)
  2. Newport – 63%
  3. Gloucester – 62%
  4. Nuneaton – 57%
  5. Falkirk – 55%
  6. Peterborough- 50%
  7. Wakefield- 50%
  8. Lincoln- 47%
  9. Chesterfield- 46%
  10. Hastings- 45%

Dog staring out of window

10 places where landlords are most likely to allow pets

  1. Belfast –3% (of properties would not allow pets)
  2. Reading – 4%
  3. Kingston-Upon-Thames – 4%
  4. Woking – 4%
  5. Oxford – 6%
  6. Southampton- 6%
  7. Preston- 8%
  8. Leicester- 8%
  9. Newcastle- 8%
  10. Manchester- 9%

Tara Hall, spokesperson for www.hillarys.co.uk, commented, “Britain is certainly a nation of pet lovers, and most of us couldn’t possibly be without our favourite furry companion. However, having an animal in your home comes with a lot of responsibility – they can make a lot of mess and sometimes cause damages – so it’s understandable that many landlords and letting agents won’t allow them in their properties.

Although, this handy tool shows that there is some good news out there for pet owners who are looking for a rented property, as there are plenty of locations where they can have their companions live with them.”

View the full list here.

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