Mega American property firm boosts presence in UK market with acquisition

A huge US property firm has boosted its presence in the UK build to rent market by the acquisition of one of the major British players.

Atlanta-based Cortland specialises in ‘multi-family’ living – the US equivalent of build to rent – and has now acquired LIV Group.

The acquisition comes at a time when politicians of all hues seem to be actively encouraging build to rent at the expense of the landlords who are the backbone of the traditional private rented sector.

Headquartered in Leeds and with offices also in London, LIV Group was one of the earliest entrants to the build to rent sector.

It operates over 2,000 build to rent homes nationwide, with a further 7,000 in the pipeline and due to be delivered by the end of 2021.

The acquisition includes specialist consultancy LIV Consult, and LIV’s dedicated residential block management business, which manages some 8,000 leasehold properties.

Cortland owns over 55,000 apartments in 18 cities across the States, and opened an office in the UK in 2017.

It plans to invest around £4bn to grow a portfolio of at least 10,000 professionally managed homes for rent in Britain.

The sum Cortland has paid for LIV Group has not been disclosed.

LIV founders Graham Bates and Helen Peace are staying with the business, which currently operates across 14 build to rent sites and employs some 120 staff.

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  1. Hillofwad71

    Telford Homes  a market leader in BTR in London likely to be going across the pond the same way today when shareholders meet to  decide to accept CBRE’s bid

    The Yanks  taking advantage of a weakening £ to buy UK plc . Looking to farm  the post  Brexit dividend

    Seems our domestic shakers and movers are lacking the cojones

    1. Bless You

      I missed this build to rent thing. Whose building the houses?

      1. Hillofwad71

        Here is  a helpful synopsis. BTR is the new developer’s friend attarcting massive investment to effectively replace  the loss of the  private landlord Hottest ticket in town ,the main talk of every property  rubber chicken lunch





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