Solid foundations: attracting institutional investment to homes built for rent

Solid foundations: attracting institutional investment to homes built for rent
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Confederation of British Industry
Date of publication
1 January 2014
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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A thriving housing market is an essential part of the UK economy, but for decades we have not delivered enough supply of new homes to meet demand, building less than half the new homes we need. Increasing supply of new homes has to be at the forefront of all political parties’ minds as we approach the general election. As we seek to ramp up supply, it is critical that we recognise the important role that homes built to rent, financed and supported by institutional investors, will increasingly play in the housing market.

The report recommends:

  • Recognition of the importance of the private rented sector and the role of institutional investors in supporting build-to-rent schemes.
  • Action should be taken to improve scheme viability by reducing upfront costs and helping improve returns for investors.
  • Business and government should work together to help provide the scale necessary to attract institutional investment into the sector.
  • A regulatory environment needs to be supported which encourages institutional investment into the private rented sector.

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