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Landlords Beware - is Build To Rent coming to get Buy To Let?

The UK Build To Rent sector recorded a total of £2.1 billion of investment in the final three months of 2021 alone according to property consultancy CBRE.

This took the full year 2021 total to a record high of £4.1 billion. 

Investment levels were up 14 per cent on 2020, the previous record year, which CBRE claims shows the resilience of the sector in light of the continued challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.


In 2021 BTR investment activity was evenly split between London and the regions. 

Notable deals that completed towards the end of last year, identified by CBRE, show the vast sums of money in the sector now. 

These included US Build To Rent giant Greystar’s acquisition of a minority stake in UK rental firm Fizzy Living, £100m forward-funding of a large scheme in reading, plus L&G’s £500m investment into schemes in London, Glasgow and Southampton.



Jason Hardman - CBRE’s executive director of residential valuation and advisory services - says: “The BTR investment market had a stellar performance in Q4 with more than £2 billion of capital committed. 

“This underlines the growing maturity of the UK BTR market and reflects the phenomenal bounce back we have seen in the occupational market over the second half of the year. 

“2021 represents an undeniable record for the sector and with almost £2 billion of assets under offer, we expect this momentum to continue into 2022 as the sector continues to go from strength to strength.”

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    Expensive high in the sky shoe boxes, it'll be a long time before they are ever a problem to me, in fact I expect I shall be long gone by then

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    Agreed. Actually I expect them to go the same way as all those high rise blocks built in the 60's. All very exciting and exotic at the time, now all being/been pulled down. I'm in the student market myself - we've had loads of high rise purpose built student accommodation here. The stuff that was built only 15 years or so already in a dreadful state and will probably be condemned fairly soon.

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    The Buikd to rent blocks in Central Manchester are excellent and high quality. They offer great accommodation to the young more transient professional. Build to rent don’t do family homes though…. Yet! I left the central market a couple of years ago in favour of the suburbs and I’m very glad I did. The yields are better and the capital growth outstrips the centre by miles!

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    For cities and young professionals. Where should everyone else live?


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