A growing number of housing estates in Hong Kong are becoming more pet friendly due to an increasing number of homebuyers and residents who have adopted cats and dogs during the coronavirus pandemic, reports the South China Morning Post, citing research from property consultancy Knight Frank.
The research showed that approximately half of the city’s major estates now allowed pets, up from 40% in 2018.
“As people have been staying home and in town because of travel restrictions more developers have considered adding some pet-friendly facilities to their projects,” Martin Wong, director and head of research and consultancy, Greater China, at Knight Frank, said.
According to Knight Frank, the trend towards accommodating pets in the city is part of a wider shift among property developers taking place around the world, as companies allow remote working arrangements. These arrangements are prompting a change in homebuyers’ and tenants’ preferences. With workers adopting cats and dogs to keep them company at home, they are looking for units more suitable for their pets.