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19.10.2021 05:31 am
Dog Friendly Pubs With Rooms Near Beaches

Our Three of a Kind series takes a look at a trio of pub stays with one common feature and provides unique inspiration for a trip away. This week, our focus is on three dog friendly pubs near beaches, ideal for a coastal break with your four-legged friend.

With September winding down, many dog owners will be rejoicing at the end of the notorious May-September beach ban, allowing them to enjoy unrestricted coastal walks with their furry friend. While the weather may be slightly chillier during the off-season, there's still plenty of opportunities to fit in an escape to the coast and enjoy the magnificent views the British seaside provides and this time, there's no need to leave your pets behind!

In honour of this, we've selected three of our favourite dog friendly pubs near beaches so you can truly make the most of a coastal holiday. We've even gone one step beyond and plucked out three fabulous beaches with NO restrictions on dogs at all, meaning your loyal friend can enjoy the sea, sand and sun all year round!

05.10.2021 06:59 am
The Rise of the Pet Friendly Build To Rent Sector

The private rental market is set to grow to 22% by 2023. Rising property prices, difficulties saving for a mortgage deposit as well as stringent mortgage criteria, have already been forcing many to rent.

The focus has moved away from the ‘obsession’ with bricks & mortar and having a mortgage, to renting, seeing your friends, as well as being able to travel. Build to Rents (BTR’s) are changing the face of the rental landscape in the UK. Good news for pet owners is that 47% of build to rent (BTR) developments are stating they are pet friendly.

With the Government having recently Said No to Changes on the Tenant Fees Act, BTR’s may offer a quicker solution whilst the Government revaluates the renting with pets sector in the UK. Fingers crossed, one day in the near future, they will amend legislation on renting with pets.

I have always thought that pressure on private landlords rather than forcing more legislation on them, is the key to making them adapt and allow pets in the rental properties. I even come across dog owners, who love pets, sympathise with the lack of pet friendly properties, yet when it comes to their own rental portfolio, say no to pets. Money unfortunately talks. BTR’s will ‘hurt the landlords purse strings’. That is the way to force landlords to re-consider allowing pets.

BTR’s see renting with pets as a huge sector. By 2025 it is forecasted that 52% of millennials and generation z will be pet owners. The core target markets. Something BTR’s as well as private landlords cannot ignore.

We have seen many companies such as Blockbuster and HMV unable to adapt and cease to exist. The same can be said for private landlords; adapt and consider pets or lose out, have months with a vacant property which will lead to a fall in rental yields. Properties that are currently under construction have increased from 34,744 to 36,415 units – a rise of 5%. Unlike many private landlords, Build to Rent providers often manage the whole building, purpose-built for renting, and seek to prioritise a high level of service, property management and the building of a community where people are happy with or without pets.

They have listened to their target audiences, from allowing pets, to a concierge, inclusion of utilities and broadband in the rental prices as well as the creation of social and working communities. This is compared to closing the door to your flat, not knowing anyone and paying a high rent to a private landlord you never see..oh yes and you are not allowed to adopt that puppy you always wanted due to the buildings no pet clause. You can understand the appeal of the pet friendly build to rent alternative.

In 2018 alone, £2.6 billion was invested, up 11% on the year before. That growth was supported by major institutions such as Greystar, M&G Investments, Legal & General and a number of private equity firms, and the forecasts suggest that growth is here to stay.

Lloyds Bank are investing in BTR’s through their off shoot company, Citra Living with plans to build 5000 new homes. A large percentage will no doubt be pet friendly.

29.09.2021 08:33 pm
Top tips for moving abroad with pets

So you got a lockdown pet and now want to move abroad! No worries, the processes are simple and may be cheaper than you think, says Christopher Nye from Property Guides. And they’re certainly cheaper than the emotional cost of leaving your beloved pets behind…

At Property Guides we often hear from readers that they can’t wait to buy a property and move abroad, but they’ve got a certain furry family member they cannot bear to leave behind. With the surge in “lockdown pets” that’s unlikely to change soon.

It’s a common misconception that it’s either impossible, or a huge hassle or expense to move abroad with your pet. Some are still under the impression that all pets must be quarantined for six months when they arrive in a new country.

Fortunately, it’s really quite simple to take your cat, dog or ferret too (we realise you probably don’t want to take a ferret, but they come under the same rules…). Even better, in many countries pets are more welcome. In France, for example, most cafes, shops and even some institutions like galleries and museums will allow a dog. No more pet passport?

If you decided to take your pet abroad with you this summer, you might have been shocked at the expense of obtaining the paperwork in the first summer after the pet passport ended. As well as the usual shots for rabies and tapeworm treatment, there was the paperwork for the animal health certificate, all adding up to around £200 per pet. Moreover, it only lasts for one trip.

That’s before you pay for the ferry expense (or £22 per pet each way on Eurotunnel), and the €50 or so for the vet on the other side of the channel to let you travel back. The good news is that it’s still cheaper than most boarding kennels for a fortnight in France, which generally cost around £20 per night.

One dodge increasingly common for holiday home owners in the EU is to claim their dog is European, and thus gain a pet passport. A British owner with an EU pet passport does not need to obtain an animal health certificate.

15.09.2021 01:26 pm
The Changing UK Pet Rental Market

“We tell landlords they have to consider tenants with pets. Demand is too high to ignore. We see this changing a lot in 2022 with more pet friendly properties coming on. Competition is tough though against people without pets.” North London Agent, August 2021.

”We see an increasing number of landlords saying yes to a small dog or house cat and being won over by cute images.” Pets Lets Relocation Consultants

Did you also know that after lockdown, 80% of prospective tenants asked that no pets clauses be removed from tenancy agreements as they were thinking of adopting a pet. That figure has now dropped to as little as 10% as many landlords refused to remove the clause and open their doors to renting to people with pets.

A recent article in the Evening Standard highlighted how 2 in 5 UK households bought a puppy over lockdown. Look at it another way; that is 40% of UK households. A huge pool of potential tenants.

Also according to the {Pet Manufacturers Association](https://www.pfma.org.uk/news/pfma-releases-latest-pet-population-data), by 2025, it is predicted that 59% of millennials and generation z will have pets. The UK is increasingly becoming like mainland Europe, where an increasing number of younger people are having to rent. People can no longer afford to get on the housing ladder.

If individual as well as portfolio landlords do not start to consider allowing pets, they will lose out to an increasing number of build to rent companies as well as big companies investing in the UK residential property sector. Lloyds Bank is heavily investing in property and has set up a separate company called Citra Living. They see the evolving needs of tenants, including those with pets.

02.09.2021 07:02 am
Amend Tenant Fees Act

Amend Tenant Fees Act to make bringing pets into rented accommodation easier, say MPs, peers and campaigners

A cross-party group of over 35 MPs and peers have joined leading pet charities and landlord associations have penned an open letter.pdf to Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, urging him to amend the Tenant Fees Act after new research demonstrated the negative impact the Act has had on pets in rented accommodation.

New data in a report being published tomorrow, “Heads for Tails”, by pet charity AdvoCATS, finds that almost one in five landlords who previously allowed pets in rented accommodation have stopped doing so since the passage of the Tenant Fees Act in 2019. This is because, as the report explains, “the Act effectively prohibits landlords from asking for pet damage insurance and it fails to include a separate pet deposit as part of its list of permitted payments.” As a result, many landlords have imposed a blanket ban on pets or increased rent for pet owners.

The report finds that public opinion and industry opinion among landlords would favour the introduction of pet deposits and pet damage insurance. Over half of pet-owners would be willing to take out pet damage insurance if required by a landlord and three-quarters of landlords support pet insurance according to the research.