The Pets Lets Story
Founded by a Londoner with over 25 years of property experience, who inherited 3 dogs because Landlords said no.
With 50% of the UK population owning a pet, and only 7-10% of landlords considering pets, Pets Lets is focused on educating landlords and estate agents about the merits of renting to tenants with pets.
We believe that by educating property professionals in the UK combined with responsible pet owners, an increasing number of rental properties will become pet friendly. The rise of build to rent schemes has already shown a change in landlord’s attitudes to pets. It is too big a market to ignore.
We are so passionate about pets & property, that we set up the Pets & Property Tips Facebook Group to offer pet owners and landlords advice about renting with pets.
UK Pets & Property Facts
- 3.2m pets were bought during lockdowns.
- 59% of new pet owners were under the age of 35 years old.
- The surge of new pet owners was mainly by Generation Z and Millennials.
- There are 12.5 million dogs and 12.2 million cats.
- There are now 17 million pet owning households in the UK.
- On average UK pet owners spend £240 per month on their pets.
- According to UK government statistics, only 7% of landlords allow pets.
- June 2022 Proposed UK Pet Rental Reforms
To look at example Pet CV’s, landlord references and other useful rental tools, click on our Relocation services page and look under Pets & Property Tips
Advice to Landlords & Agents
- Decide on a case-by-case basis. Ask to see a pet cv and landlord, vet, or dog sitter reference
- When listing a property, at least consider a small dog or a house cat
- Tenants with pets stay longer and from experience are more responsible
- Agents, when taking on an instruction, ask landlords about considering people with pets
Russell & Biscuit
As a Londoner, Russell inherited 3 dogs because Landlords said no to pets. With over 20 years’ experience as a London property search agent looking after clients, he witnessed first-hand how difficult it is to find pet-friendly properties in London. His beagle/basset, Biscuit, is part of the family.
He wants to help London property owners understand that tenants with dogs and cats stay longer and are more responsible. Having a pet in London generally makes for a happy household.
IT Project Manager
When Maria moved from Moscow to London 2 years ago, she had to leave her dog Federico Fellini (giant schnauzer) with her family in Russia. This is one of the reasons the idea of creating a platform where you can not only find pet-friendly properties but also use a relocation service, have viewings arranged and get help with pet-related documentation really resonated with her.
Charles loves pets and has two cats called Sky and Sneaker. He has been working in London property for over 30 years. He understands the changing property legislation and has personally witnessed the problems tenants have letting with pets.
Charles & Teddy
After 30 years of management consulting to global firms, Charles gave up his City job and moved to the South Coast. He now specialises in helping entrepreneurial businesses and for the first time has a lifestyle that allows him to own a dog. He already had two tortoiseshell cats Bumble and Bee and they are now joined by an energetic golden retriever puppy Teddy.
Over the past 3 years, Filipp has moved twice with two cats, Bonya and Kisa, first from Russia to Frankfurt, and then from Frankfurt to Hamburg. Unfortunately, Pets Lets doesn’t operate in Germany yet, so Filipp had quite a hard time organising pet passports and moving with the cats. With Filipp's participation as lead developer of the platform, we soon plan to go beyond London and the UK and help animal owners in Europe and around the world.