— Relocating your pet to London —
Finding pet-friendly London flats can be an exasperating experience — very different than what you might be used to. Fortunately, we can help!
Why use us?
We guarantee you and your pet(s) will have a better move with us:
- You’ll spend less time trying to find pet friendly London flats and landlords
- We’re familiar with the stresses a move puts on a pet and a pet owner
- We help with every little detail involved in transitioning to a new home
Pet needs assessment
We start with a consultation to discuss:
- You and your pet’s preferences
- London from a pet-owner’s perspective
- Best property and neighborhood options
- How to find pet friendly London flats
- Transporting your fur-friend to the UK
On Viewing Day
Our agent and personal driver will spend the day with you:
- Pick you up at 8:30am
- View 12 – 20 properties (depending on how your pet holds up)
- Help you rank your favorites
- Negotiate the rent and lease on your behalf
Once you’re moved in, we can help get your life sorted:
- Vets, pet shops
- Parks and green spaces
- Doggie meetups
- Set up your bank account
- Set up utilities, wifi & Internet
- Coordinate deliveries
- Supervise contractors
— What you should know about relocating a pet to London —
- You may run into more resistance from landlords than you’re used to in your home country. That’s because the London housing market is so tight, landlords will give preference to non-pet owners. Pet friendly London flats and homes few and far between. We know! It’s not cool — but it’s a reality.
- Even if a landlord is okay with you having a pet, if the building says no, it’s no.
- If the building says yes but the landlord says no, you might still be able to negotiate by:
- Meeting the Asking Price versus low-balling
- Paying an additional fee
- Paying additional months’ rent in advance
- In general, the larger the number and size of your animal(s), the more difficult it will be to find a London apartment to rent. A single cat or small dog is given the most leeway for pet friendly rentals.
- Many parks have large off-leash areas (leashes are called “leads” in British English), but be mindful of other animals that may dwell there like horses and deer.
- Beloved London parks for dog-walking: Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Regents Park, Battersea Park, Richmond Park, Hampstead Heath, and Primrose Hill.
- London is overall very pet-friendly, with many pubs, restaurants, and shops welcoming dogs inside their establishments.
- Dogs can ride public transport, too!
“Be sure to check for specifics from whichever airline you’re going to use. Some have very specific crate requirements (size and materials). Also, depending on your city of origin, the airline might require your pet to endure 2 or 3 overnight stays in airports before arrival. Travelling abroad is often a traumatic experience for your pet, so give them lots of loving upon landing, and don’t be shocked if they’re a wee bit wobbly when they arrive.”Jena Scott
— How to relocate pets to London —
What to research for your London pet relocation
- Transporting your pet to the UK: will they need an overnight stay at an airport?
- DEFRA’s Pet Travel Scheme
- Where can you get an EU-approved subcutaneous chip?
- Do you need a UK Pet Passport? Where do I get one in my country?
- Do I need to quarantine my furchild?
- Do I have an airline-approved crate?
- Other UK import rules and requirements (e.g., tests and vaccines)
Veterinary care in the UK
- You have a choice of public and private care. Chains include Hamilton Veterinary Clinics and Village Vet. Pets Naturally is a highly recommended Notting Hill clinic.
- Pet insurance is available through many companies like Tesco.
- PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity.
- The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) provides clinical services and referrals.
- University of Cambridge has an animal hospital with cutting edge treatment of serious pet illnesses.
- Like healthcare for humans, your experience is largely dependent on whether or not you find a good doctor. So do the research, ask around, and take referrals seriously.
- Garden flats make for pet-friendly homes, often including backyard space.
- Having other pets to socialize with in the neighborhood or the local park is a plus.
- Frequent walks will help your pet get used to the different flora.
- Research in advance which tube stations have elevators/escalators vs. stairs for your pup.
- Pet food is found in most grocery chains, and stores like Whole Foods and Pet Pavilion offer specialty brands like Lily’s Kitchen and Darlings Real Foods.
— Some of our petstomers —
We found Buffy a home in Balham – Her humans adore the space as well!
You thought we were kidding about the Great Dane! LR’s Devon Lampard gets a massive thank you from Maverick!
Juju and Shaggy now live in Woodside Park and have discovered the catnip in the garden!