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What is Build to Rent?

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Build to Rent (BTR) refers to purpose-built housing designed for rent rather than sale. Schemes usually offer longer tenancy agreements and are often professionally managed by the owner or operator. With a lack of affordable housing and UK house prices and rent soaring, Build to Rent developments are an attractive option for investors seeking long-term returns.

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  • Build to Rent characteristics infographic - Long-term viability

    Ensuring long-term viability

    The long-term viability of a BTR scheme will depend on customer service and the sense of community generated by the development and its management activities. All this has a direct impact on rental income, rental security and void periods

  • Build to Rent characteristics - Amenities

    Offering amenities

    More facilities and services, such as concierge, are key components of BTR schemes and its main differentiator from Build for Sale properties

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    Creating a sense of place

    Attracting and retaining the right group of residents, understanding the demographic

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    Building community

    Residents will stay longer if they feel part of a community, avoiding net operating income issues with rent voids

  • Build to Rent characteristics - Social events

    Promoting social events

    Residents that feel connected to people in their building are more likely to renew their tenancy - the property moves beyond just providing a living space

  • Build to Rent characteristics - Healthy lifestyle

    Providing a healthy lifestyle

    Offering high quality homes that cater for health and wellbeing, work and social needs; eg gyms, workspaces and communal roof terraces

  • Build to Rent characteristics infographic - Long-term viability
  • Build to Rent characteristics - Amenities
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  • Build to Rent characteristics - Social events
  • Build to Rent characteristics - Healthy lifestyle

UK rental market on the rise

The last decade has seen a shift away from home ownership in favour of private rental homes, particularly for younger generations. The most targeted demographic of 25-34 year old professionals saw an increase from 63% in 2010 to 69% in 2020, whilst the greatest rise in private renting were households aged 35-44 years old from 17% in 2010 to 26% in 2020.

For investors and developers

Long term investment – Incoming rent coupled with the steadily increasing asset value helps BTR hit the mark for a non-volatile and high-quality investment

Opportunities beyond London – We’ve seen BTR success in urban and sub-urban areas with competitive land values. Employment clusters around London are dispersing, with employers branching out of the capital to Manchester and Birmingham

Speed to market - Rental developments can be delivered faster than housing for sale as it does not risk market saturation in the same way. Modular construction can further facilitate speed to market

Technology - Smart buildings are the future of development - investing in digital infrastructure will certainly play a major role in achieving net zero carbon ambitions

For residents

Work, live and play under one roof – BTR homes appeal to residents for their community-focused design and their amenities; gyms, restaurants, green spaces, workspaces and communal roof terraces

High-quality - Facilities are typically maintained to a high standard by building management, often with staff on-site on a 24-hour basis

Flexible design – Flexible designs can cater for a broader demographic, including young workers house sharing and families. Designs are centred around modern and sustainable features, such as cooling systems

Beyond the younger demographic – The age bracket that has seen the most significant increase in private renting in the UK over the last decade are 35-44-year olds. Investors and developers are looking to tap into the family sub-urban rental market