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Why a pet tarantula may be an unwise companion for renters

Alex Johnson

46226131d2ed9da9046113a982a1713caff91d3f 300x198 Why a pet tarantula may be an unwise companion for rentersEstate agency W.A.Ellis has reported a 75% rise in tenants’ pet licenses over the past 12 months which has had knock-on effects…

“We are surprised by the amount of pet license addendums we have made to our tenancy agreements recently,” said Lucy Morton, Senior Partner and Head of Lettings, “and believe it’s due to several factors including an increase in dog ownership, the UK’s relaxed quarantine laws which came into effect early last year, and also the fact that some dog breeds have become a fashion accessory.”

Pet owners can encounter problems in finding a suitable rental property to accommodate their dog – 1 in 3 pet owners struggle to find the right home according to research from Lets with Pets that also shows it can take up to a year for them to find something suitable and may therefore be tempted to try to sneak pets into their property without approval.

“I was recently attending an inspection and heard continuous clawing and meowing,” said Lucy. “I did some investigation and discovered a cat hidden in the cupboard. We’ve also recently discovered a tenant is keeping a tarantula in their flat, which goes against the leasehold agreement. We would advise everyone to be upfront about owning a pet, although tenants should expect to pay a higher security deposit to protect against the risk of extra damage.”

Educated Highgate
The latest research from London rental website Rentonomy shows that Highgate is the most educated part of London, with of 65% of residents in possession of a degree, 27% above the London average. Highgate is followed by Balham, Kew and Kensington, all with over 60%.

“According to the 2011 census, 38% of Londoners have a degree,” said Director of Research David Butler. “This is 10% higher than the average for England and Wales and in these terms makes London the most educated part of the country.” He adds “Controversially, south London is actually slightly better qualified than the north with 39% in gown and mortar board compared with 37% in the north. In the West vs East contest, the west is the run-away winner with 42% against 34% in the east.”

Shift in graduate rental market?
London’s graduate rental market is shifting away from traditional areas such as Shoreditch and Hoxton, to East Barnet, East Leyton and Forest Hill, according to research by property website FindProperly.co.uk which has analysed where renters purposefully excluded/included. Founder Peter Thum-Bonanno said: “Our research confirmed typical areas popular with graduates, but some were a real surprise. Graduates are being forced out of traditionally ‘young’ areas. This influx of young people will lead to the gentrification of these areas, prime areas for buy-to-let investors to buy in.”

Live in a converted church
Pictured above is a four bedroom detached house for sale in School Road, Elmstead, Colchester on for £650,000 with Fenn Wright. It’s a converted church – previously St Pauls Chapel of Ease – but has been a private house since 1981. The former nave is now a swimming pool.

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