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UK Build to Rent (BTR) Report

In recent years, Build to Rent (BTR) has become a key component of the UK real estate market. Investors are increasingly focusing on the Living sectors, where the main drivers of growth are demographics and structural change

September 27, 2021
Contributors:
  • James Kingdom
  • Simon Scott
  • Matthew Green

In the wake of COVID-19, how people work and play is set to become more flexible, but how they live has taken on a greater importance. Community, amenities, and workspace have all grown in importance to the 4.5 million households in the private rented sector.

Across real estate, there has been a shift in recent years towards professionally managed, purpose built assets in central locations available to anyone, whether it is office space or student accommodation.

Institutional scale BTR assets are a minor part of the private rented sector at present, but have a key role to play in increasing housing supply and providing high quality, modern purpose built housing solutions to all budgets, in a way that the private home ownership market has been unable to do.

In this key Research report, we review the size of the UK Build to Rent market, how investor and occupier demands are changing, performance and valuation factors, alongside the sustainability impact.

Despite a shift towards professionally managed, purpose-built living assets in central locations, institutional scale BTR assets remain a minor part of the private rented sector at present. These assets do however have a key role to play in increasing housing supply and providing high quality, modern purpose-built housing solutions in a way that the private home ownership market has been unable to do.

With the opportunity for up to £20 billion of investment per annum, BTR has the scope to become the largest of the living sectors, and as such how it is graded and valued in the UK needs to become more transparent.

Simon Scott, Lead Director – Living Capital Markets at JLL

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