Most landlords are wary of the potential damage, smells and noise complaints that can come with accommodating a tenant with pets, and that is why so many people who rent are prevented from owning an animal.
According to new research from CIA Landlord, just 4% of landlords in the UK are prepared to allow tenants to keep pets in their property.
The study found that Leeds is the worst location across the UK to rent as a pet lover, with just 1% of the properties listed stating that they were pet friendly.
Just 2% of homes to let in Cardiff, Coventry, Newcastle upon Tyne and Birmingham were openly pet friendly.
Landlords in Belfast are far more willing to consider tenants with pets, with 11% of the properties listed stating that they allow animals, with Wakefield and Glasgow following closely behind with a joint 8%.
As part of the research, CIA Landlord surveyed 500 landlords to find out the reasons behind their reluctance to allow pets on the property, with the majority - 39% - expressing concern about pets injuring other tenants, with 35% ‘worried about pets not being properly trained’.
Some 78% of landlords surveyed said that they had caught a resident lying about keeping a pet.
Tenants in the North West have been caught lying the most (89%), with the East of England having the second-most liars (83%), followed by Greater London (81%).
On average, 36% of landlords charge tenants an extra £91 in rent per month to keep a pet on the property. They’ve also had to pay an average of £183 to repair damage to their property caused by animals.
Richard Wayman, Finance Director at CIA Landlord, commented: “As a landlord, it can be a difficult decision on whether you want to enforce a no-pets-allowed policy in your property. From damages to the furniture, to happier tenants, there are many disadvantages and advantages to allowing a tenant keeping a pet.
“It’s important that you fully considered all aspects before deciding on what is best for you and your property.”