Scores of people were forced to give up their dogs last year because their landlords banned pets, an animal charity says.
The number of people handing in pets to the Dogs Trust as a result of housing problems has risen by 56% in the past five years and last year 276 people handed their dogs to 17 rehoming centres.
The charity warned that as high property prices force more people into rented accommodation, many pet owners will be forced to abandon their animals or even have them put down.
One in three people surveyed could not find a suitable property to live in with their pet and the research found pet owners who were successful in finding a tenancy tended to take longer to find a home.
Almost half (47%) of those who looked for a property said their lettings agency did not help them to find a pet-friendly home.
The survey found that 59% of pet owners would be willing to pay a higher deposit to rent with their pets and 75% would be happy to pay for their carpets and soft furnishings to be professionally cleaned when they moved out.
Clare Kivlehan, who runs the charity’s Lets with Pets scheme, said: “We’re campaigning for lettings agents and landlords to take a ‘pets considered’ approach rather than rejecting all pets.
“We’d like people to be able to search easily on property websites for suitable options rather than having to make individual enquiries and we’re keen to hear from any agencies interested in becoming campaign supporters.”
The Dogs Trust surveyed 5,695 pet owners in the UK.