Tenants put properties which allow pets top of their ‘must-have’ list when looking for a new home, according to a recent survey.
Unfurnished properties and those with gardens are also preferred by tenants, the survey from Landbay found.
Almost one in seven (14%) said ‘pets being allowed in the property’ was the most important requirement.
Women were more than twice as likely as men to prioritise pet-friendly properties and people in the north east favoured pet access more than any other region with 27% saying it was a priority.
In contrast, just three percent of Londoners listed being pet friendly as a requirement.
Of the 2,000 tenants surveyed, 12% said that they wanted an unfurnished home, but this figure varied dramatically across the age groups. It was far less of a priority for younger renters, with only four per cent of tenants aged 18 and 34 saying they were looking for an unfurnished property. In the over-55s, 22% said an unfurnished place was their must-have.
A garden was also a big draw for renters with 11% saying it was top of their list of requirements when choosing a home. Off-street parking and a property’s décor came fourth and fifth respectively.
While they may turn some prospective tenants heads, most renters were not that interested in little extras, with only one percent of those asked saying they considered a dryer, dishwasher, balcony or kingsized bed as a necessity in a rented property. Even new builds fail to impress, with just two per cent of private renters considering them a priority.
Deborah Mudway, director at Landbay said the results showed renters wanted places that would allow them to feel at home by being able to furnish it themselves and to have pets.
Ms Mudway said: “This will make interesting reading for landlords, who could be forgiven for believing little luxuries like a dishwasher, dryer and even a king-sized bed make all the difference for tenants. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.”
“Essentially, landlords knowing what renters want can make for a happier, more prosperous relationship which benefits both parties in the long run.”