UK BTR stock up 135 per cent

The build to rent (BTR) sector now accounts for 1 per cent of all UK rental properties, having surged by 135 per cent according to the latest research by (BtR) specialists, Ascend Properties.

Previous research by Ascend found that there are now 2.4 million more people living within the rental sector compared with a decade ago, so developments designed and built specifically for renters are more in demand than ever.
While BTR properties are appealing in terms of their modern design and living standards, they also provide an additional sense of community via shared areas such as gyms, lounges, dining areas and other social outlets such as games rooms.
Ascend’s research shows that just four years ago, there were 22,831 build to rent properties in the UK rental market, accounting for just 0.4 per cent of private rental stock. In London, the level of build to rent stock was greater, with the 12,709 build to rent specific properties accounting for 1.2 per cent of the total rental market.
In the three years since, the sector has grown considerably. Across the UK, build to rent now accounts for 53,750 homes within the private rental sector. That’s a 135 per cent increase in build to rent stock since 2017, with the sector now accounting for an estimated 1 per cent of all UK rental properties in the private sector.
While this might not sound a lot, the private rental sector itself has grown by just 0.3 per cent since 2017 where the total estimated number of private rental homes is concerned.
Again, the impact of the build to rent sector is even more notable in London. The sheer volume of build to rent stock in the capital has increased by 109 per cent since 2017, with the current total of 26,625 accounting for 2.5 per cent of all private rental properties in London
While the London rental market has grown at a considerably faster rate than the wider UK, it has still seen just a 4 per cent estimated increase in total private rental stock since 2017, further highlighting the impressive growth of the build to rent sector within this space.
Managing Director of Ascend Properties, Ged McPartlin, says: “Although build to rent has been around for quite some time, it’s only in recent years that the sector has started to become a serious area of focus for many big housebuilders.
"This growing trend is clear when analysing the overall rental market and the increasing number of build to rent properties within it, with the sector now accounting for an estimated one per cent of all private rental properties.
"However, this impressive growth is just the tip of the iceberg and we expect to see the share of rental homes accounted for by build to rent continue to grow.”

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