Renters barred from having dogs now get ‘ruff’ welcome in Tower Hamlets
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More landlords are banning renters keeping pets in their properties with three of the worst areas found in east London.
But Tower Hamlets has come out as a "top dog" London borough for allowing pets, according to a survey.
Among the worst are aptly named Barking where unfriendly landlords are in the dog house.
Barking sits cheek-by-jowl with its "no dogs allowed" neighbour Havering, as well as Waltham Forest, according to the Sellhousefast.uk property website.
Tower Hamlets, on the other paw, is the third-most friendly London borough for pets, after Kensington-Chelsea and Westminster.
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The survey found 49 East End properties allowing animals and 33 in neighbouring Shoreditch and Hackney.
"Pets as part of the family," a website spokesman said. "They bring mental health benefits, lowering stress and anxiety, and are even good for anyone with depression."
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Yet it hasn't always been so good in the East End. Gabby Kuehn faced a landlord's court injunction to get rid of Vinnie, her pet Maltese-Yorkshire crossbreed, from their Limehouse penthouse apartment.
It was a bit of a dog's dinner which led to a national campaign for the right for anyone to own a pet with a petition to Parliament to make bans on keeping pets illegal.
Gabby told the East London Advertiser at the time: "My dog is part of my family. A landlord shouldn't have the right to say you cannot have a pet.
"There are charities taking in hundreds of animals because people face bans just to keep a roof over their head."
The East End pioneered animal care more than 100 years ago. The national PDSA charity founded in Whitechapel celebrated its centenary last year and still runs a busy pet clinic in Bow.
But numbers of London pet-friendly properties have fallen by 122 compared to last year, according to data from Zoopla.
Not so in the East End, however, where dogs and cats still seem to have a place on the welcome mat — apart from Gabby Kuehn's landlords in Limehouse.
Mutts even get their own fashion show with what the best-dressed canines are wearing this season. Dogs took to the "catwalk" for their own show at Bethnal Green in 2017.
A "Canary Woof" pet-owners social group also holds annual doggie shows at the Limehouse street festival and an annual dog show is staged in Victoria Park.