Renting AND a vegetarian? Ask your letting agent for a veggie-friendly let

Purge yourself of arguments over pans and raw meat in the fridge by opting for like-minded housemates

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When it comes to looking for a new home on the rental market, a decent-sized room and friendly housemates usually comes top of the list of requirements. But what happens if you're vegetarian or vegan?

For many people on a plant-based diet, finding a house with a vegetarian-friendly mindset can be tricky. Small things like sharing pans and storing food can become an issue when your housemate enjoys greasy steaks and stockpiles raw meat.

Luckily, more housing agents and accommodation-finder websites are now advertising the homes that are 'vegetarian friendly' – helping more people find a property or room that accommodates their requirements.

Research from rehousing organisation Fast Homes (opens in new tab) has revealed that London as a whole excels other cities around the UK by offering the most veggie-friendly properties on the market.

Chart showing the most and least vegetarian friendly boroughs in London

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Using figures from spareroom.co.uk, Fast Homes revealed that Harrow, Waltham Forest and Newham were the top three London boroughs for vegetarian-friendly houses.

Outside of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Glasgow performed well, while some of the other larger cities, including Liverpool and Leeds, racked up fewer than 10 vegetarian households each available to rent.

Chart showing the most and least vegetarian friendly towns in the UK

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It's not all bad news, though: some areas are doing good work when it comes to catering for vegetarians. Fast Homes investigated the rental market for vegetarians, using figures from spareroom.co.uk (opens in new tab) to find out how many properties available to rent around the UK were 'vegetarian friendly'. 

Whether you're squeamish about meat or just want some like-minded housemates, it looks like a 'veggie-friendly' filter might be the perfect way forward for vegetarian house-seekers.

Ellen Finch
Deputy editor

Joining as features editor in 2017, Ellen now looks after the day-to-day running of Real Homes magazine as deputy editor. She also commissions and writes many of the real case studies you'll see on the site, and loves speaking to people about their homes and get the details on the hacks they've tried and loved. She's currently gearing up to buy a home of her own in 2023 – hopefully with a garden to plant veg and wildflowers – and has a special interest in sustainable living, clever book storage, and cats.

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