Build to Rent continues to attract considerable investment

Crane and building construction site against blue sky

In a further sign of its growing strength as a market, £1.7bn of institutional investment was pumped into the UK’s Build to Rent (BTR) sector in the first half of 2022, according to the latest research from Knight Frank.

While £762m was committed in Q2 2022 compared to £1bn in Q2 2021, the figure is still 31% above the long-term quarterly average. Overall H1 investment was 25% higher than the long-term average.

In the two years since the onset of Covid-19, the amount of investment committed to UK BTR has totalled just shy of £9bn.

Nick Pleydell-Bouverie, Head of Residential Investment at Knight Frank said: “The numbers, which track both on and off market deals, point to the ongoing resilience and strong investment appeal of the sector – even in the face of continued build cost inflation and a more challenging economic backdrop.

“The incredibly robust income offered by BTR and strong rental growth across the sector are continuing to attract significant new capital to the market”.

Average deal size for Q2 was over £75m, up from an average of £64m per transaction in Q1. Pleydell-Bouverie noted: “Increasing lot sizes reflect an ongoing search for scale among new and existing entrants to the market.”

Key deals to have transacted in the second quarter include Grainger’s acquisition of Redcliffe Quarter in Bristol for £128m, Get Living forward fund of Maker’s Yard in Birmingham for £136m and Heimstaden’s £125m forward sale in Edinburgh, the latter showing the continuing flow of international capital into the UK market.

Positive momentum is expected to continue this year, with a further £3.1bn worth of deals likely to complete by the end of 2022. Knight Frank forecasts that yearly investment could hit £4.8bn by the end of 2022.

Rental growth across the UK has continued to pick-up through 2022 with numerous indicators suggesting rental growth is at a multi-year high across the UK. According to Knight Frank, London has performed exceptionally well, with data pointing towards a 20%+ rental growth increase in prime markets.

Lizzie Breckner, an associate in the residential research team at Knight Frank, commented: “Strong rental performance across the UK is also being driven by an ever-deepening mismatch between supply and demand. As has been the case since early 2020, the RICS lettings survey points to a significant gap between new tenant enquiries and landlord instructions, an imbalance which is likely to keep upward pressure on rents in the short to medium term.

“At the same time, short-term inflationary pressures will, inevitably, act as a moderating force on larger rises as household finances are stretched.”



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  1. AcornsRNuts

    The writing is on the wall for the small landlord.

  2. northernlandlord

    I think you are right.

    There is a “call for evidence” in relation to the rental reform white paper. Closes on August 19 th but anybody can have their say. Check out

    One question is
    What do the proposals in the White Paper and other recent reforms indicate about the role the Government envisages the PRS playing in providing housing nationally?

    To which I replied

    “It seems to me that the Government is seeking to limit the role of the PRS in the future and are engaging in a vilification campaign aided and abetted by the likes of Shelter and Generation Rent designed to encourage PRS landlords to leave the sector and be replaced by “Big Business” corporate build to let landlords. They Government fail to acknowledge the fact that they have to rely on the PRS to provide housing as they have consistently failed to meet (and have since abandoned) house building targets and any new housing that is available becomes less affordable due to developers drip feeding supply to keep prices high,while social housing building rates are abysmal”

    Probably peeing in the wind but it made me feel better.








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