London – Most and Least Pet Friendly Boroughs Revealed!

NO DOGS ALLOWED: Least Pet-Friendly Boroughs for Renters

  • Most pet-friendly London boroughs: Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Tower Hamlets, Camden and Wandsworth.
  • Least pet-friendly boroughs: Waltham Forest, Barking & Dagenham, City of London, Kingston upon Thames and Havering.
  • There are 122 fewer properties that allow pets in 2019 compared to the previous year.
  • The most common pets in the UK are dogs with 25% of Brits owning one, followed by cats with 17%.

Pets are not only furry companions, but most owners see them as part of the family. Not to mention the mental health benefits having a pet brings. In fact, data suggest that they can lower stress, anxiety, and are even great for people suffering with depression. So, there’s no wonder why we’re a nation of pet lovers, some more than others, as revealed by the housing experts at who looked at the number of properties to rent that allow tenants to have pets in each London borough to see which area is the most pet welcoming.

The research was made by extracting data from Zoopla during the month on September 2019, to see how many properties (houses and flats) allow tenants to have pets.

Furthermore, had a look at the percentage of pets owned by UK households to see what the most popular pets of the country are in 2019, by extracting data from PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association).


Kensington and Chelsea
Tower Hamlets


Waltham Forest
Barking and Dagenham
City of London
Kingston upon Thames

Interestingly, the number of pet-friendly properties to rent in London has decreased by 122 compared to last year, showing that landlords are perhaps becoming less accepting of pets.

What are the most common pets in the UK?

It comes to no surprise that the most common pets in the UK are dogs with 25% Brits owning one, followed by cats with 17%, both noticing a 1% decrease from the following year.

The percentage of households with other pets include:

Rabbits (1%), Indoor Birds (1%), Guinea Pigs (1%), Hamsters (1%), Tortoises and Turtles (0.7%), Lizards (0,6%), Domestic Fowl (0.4%), Snakes (0.4%), Horses and Ponies (0.3%), Gerbils (0.2%), Rats (0.1%), Ferrets (0.1%), Insects (0.1%), Pigeons (0.1%) and Frogs and Toads (0,1%).

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5 thoughts on “London – Most and Least Pet Friendly Boroughs Revealed!

  1. (Kitty) Cat Strawberry - Meow! says:

    It’s such a shame that the numbers of people renting who are allowed a pet is going down. I used to live in a place where almost everyone in my local area (most people renting) were allowed to keep animals but then a housing association took over most of the council houses and they stopped allowing pets in all flats and then in some houses. Cats and dogs as well as all other pets are such a benefit to mental health, and then people wonder why mental health problems are increasing. It’s interesting to see these statistics, makes me want to move to somewhere more pet-friendly just to see more animals around the neighbourhood! 😀 😀

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