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EUROPE

London is Europe’s No 1 no-smoking rental capital

22 Feb 2021. According to Spotahome, London ranks as Europe’s no-smoking rental hotspots, The Property Daily reported.

Spotahome analysed the rental market stock across 14 major European cities, looking at which was home to the highest and lowest percentage of properties that allowed smoking. Of all the rental homes listed via Spotahome in London, just 7.2% of them allowed smoking, the report said.

Berlin was the only other city to see smoking-friendly rental properties account for less than 10% of rental stock, with just 8.5% of rental homes listed on the market allowing tenants to smoke within them. Brussels (13.1%), Dublin (14.4%) and Madrid (17%) are also among the best smoke-free rental hotspots for non-smoking tenants.

With 36.8% of all rental stock listed allowing smoking, Valencia is home to the highest percentage of smoking-friendly rental properties. Rome (31.4%) and Porto (29.1%) also ranked high in this respect.

Spotahome Head of Data and Analytics, Jorge Alonso, said: “Healthy living is becoming an increasingly important aspect of living within the rental sector, with many tailored developments now offering outlets such as gyms, pools and more in order to encourage such a lifestyle. When it comes to smoking, it can be a topic that divides opinion and so living with likeminded people is a smart move to avoid any tension. It’s also important to respect a landlord’s wishes in this respect and if smoking inside is top of your list of rental property features, you need to ensure you find a property that allows you to do so. Of course, our research shows that this is easier in some cities when compared to others and unfortunately for smokers in London, the city presents the toughest task at finding a smoking friendly property.”