Close to 100,000 purpose-built UK rental properties in pipeline

Close to 100,000 purpose-built UK rental properties in pipeline

The build-to-rent sector is ‘evolving quickly’, as the north-west of England ‘dominates the regional picture’ for construction activity.

Summary:

  • Huge investment is being made into the UK’s purpose-built rental sector
  • Almost 100,000 build-to-rent properties are in the pipeline for construction
  • More properties are in development outside of London, with the north-west of England recording the highest levels of construction

With more people in the UK turning to the private rental sector, the number of purpose-built rental homes under construction across the country continues to rise.

New figures published by the British Property Federation (BPF) show that close to 100,000 build-to-rent properties are currently in the delivery pipeline.

Construction on 33,705 units already began in the first quarter of the year, with a further 63,955 scheduled. The total number of purpose-built homes scheduled to be delivered, 97,030, represents a rise of over 25% over the same period in 2017.

There was also an uplift of 6,492 private rental properties completed in the same period year-on-year.

It comes at a time when it’s estimated that over a third of young people in Britain will now rent their entire lives, placing huge pressures on rental markets in locations where tenant demand is highest.

Despite London currently having the largest number of these type of properties completed, it is outside of the capital city where construction levels are highest. The north-west of England, home to key regional cities Manchester and Liverpool, currently has 29,600 purpose-built rental properties scheduled for or in construction, the highest in the UK.

But experts were quick to stress that while construction levels are rising rapidly, the demand for rental accommodation in these key areas means that there still remains a significant imbalance between demand and supply.

“The build-to-rent sector is evolving quickly, with significant delivery in the regions and more houses, rather than just apartments, coming forward,” commented Ian Fletcher, BPF Director of Real Estate Policy.

UK Housing minister, Dominic Raab, added: “The 45% increase in completed build-to-rent homes is good news, but we’re restless to do more. Our revised National Planning Policy Framework is a crucial next step in supporting the build-to-rent sector, reforming planning rules and helping to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.”

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