Build to rent leading the way for tenants with pets

The build to rent industry is taking a leading role in servicing tenants with pets, as half (49%) of all developments are listed as pet friendly, Ascend Properties research shows.

Last year the government changed the model tenancy agreement to prevent a blanket ban on tenants with pets, but they’re still able to decline applications.

Ged McPartlin, managing director of Ascend Properties, said: “The whole focus of the build to rent sector is centred around creating a long-term rental option that provides the same benefits as homeownership and more.

“The decision to bring a pet into your home is often a long-term commitment and so it’s great to see the sector is offering an abundance of homes that allow residents to own a pet. This further highlights the long-term, lifestyle focussed offering the sector can provide.

“That’s not to say that some of the more traditional features aren’t also an integral part of our daily lives and by providing the old and the new with features such as parking, free Wi-Fi and more, the build to rent sector really does offer an option that addresses every need of the modern-day resident.”

The more traditional aspect of build-to-rent is parking, with 41% of developments offering additional space for a car, with a concierge also ranking high (34%).

Free Wi-Fi was also a prominent offering across current build to rent developments (28%), along with a residents lounge (25%) and on-site gym (23%).

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