Paws and Property: Over 7 Million Pets Living Illegally in Rented Homes, Research Shows

We surveyed 3,000 pet-owning tenants nationwide to uncover some surprising statistics about pet ownership amongst renters, as illustrated in our infographic below.


Online panel survey of 3,000 adults based on age, gender, and geography. Internal data sources are used to obtain population data sets. We used a two-step process to ensure representativeness through stratified sampling and post-stratification weighting.

Takeaways for agents:
Rental agents: When you’re working with rental real estate leads, be sure to understand the requirements of both your client and the potential landlord. Tenants are often willing to pay more for places to allow pets.

Editor’s Tip: You can also check out our list of the best places to buy real estate leads if you’re looking to bring your business to the next level. 

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About the Author

Chris Heller brings 27 years of experience in real estate. Chris serves on the AgentAdvice Editorial Board and is the Chief Real Estate Officer at OJO Labs. Chris brings deep expertise having held influential industry positions including CEO of mellohome and former CEO of Keller Williams Realty International.

Last Updated: 5/20/2024