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Posted on May 11th 2015 by admin-movingin

Build To Rent set for post-election surge

Savills says the Build To Rent sector is set to enjoy a surge of new investment as a result of the Conservative victory in last week’s election.

“The pent up demand and the weight of capital targeting the sector is likely to lead to more deals closing in the second half of the year” explains Savills’ researcher Jacqui Daly, who says the market had been characterised by nervousness during the election campaign. 

“Our recent survey of leading investment houses identified a collective ambition to invest over £30 billion in the UK private rented sector, over 50 per cent from UK investment houses” she says.

“Investment managers represented the largest source of investment capital with an ambition to invest c.£10 billion in the residential market. This investment, backed by institutional clients, needs certainty of income. Regulatory and political uncertainty introduces a degree of nervousness and reduces the attractiveness of residential compared to other assets” she says.

The Tories’ Build To Rent policies in the last parliament included a £1 billion BTR fund with the aim of having work underway on 10,000 homes to let.