The size of the private rented sector has doubled over the past couple of decades and, according to the latest English Housing Survey, now accounts for 4.6 million, or nearly one in five, households.
With a slew of buy-to-let landlords expected to sell up due to rising costs, demand for homes in high-quality, purpose-built rental developments is greater than ever.
Build to rent (BTR) developments are in convenient locations, well-managed and provide a wide range of often quite luxurious facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, concierges and co-working spaces.
They run events and activities where you can get to know your neighbours, and very importantly, offer security of tenure so you won’t have to leave until you want to. Here’s a look at some of the latest launches.
1. Loxley Heights, Sheffield, from £775 pcm
Sheffield University, Sheffield Hallam University and teaching hospitals are all in walking distance of this pet-friendly scheme.
The studio, one and two-bedroom apartments have open plan layouts, Juliet balconies and contemporary fitted kitchens, plus use of a gym, lounges, roof terrace and multimedia and karaoke rooms.
Pets are welcome and a packed schedule of activities, clubs and socials ensures that no one feels left out. Get in touch with Fresh.
2. Apo Liverpool, from £1,000 pcm
Located on the River Mersey opposite Albert Dock and a 10-minute walk from the buzzy city centre, these one, two and three-bedroom apartments come with floor-to-ceiling windows and free wifi.
Residents have use of two flexible working spaces with coffee on tap, a 16th floor roof terrace and a gym that’s open 24/7, and can book cleaners and classes, message neighbours and manage their tenancy documents via a dedicated app. Through Apo.
3. Hawkins and George, Bristol, from £1,080 pcm
A collection of spacious studio, one and two-bedroom homes in the historic heart of Bristol, minutes from the centre and Temple Meads station.
Furniture packages are provided at no extra cost, and superfast wifi, and access to a 24-hour gym, concierge, a lounge, co-working spaces and a roof terrace are all included in the price, with underground parking available for a small fee. Find out more from Grainger.
4. New Maker Yards, Manchester, from £1,200 pcm
If you want to live by the water in easy reach of both Manchester city centre and Salford, check out these canalside apartments in Middlewood Locks, a new mixed-use community.
One, two and three-bedroom furnished homes are on offer in a variety of sizes, layouts and decors, and there’s free wifi, a co-working space and a busy programme of social events.
You won’t go thirsty as an independent coffee shop and craft beer bar are on the doorstep. Via Get Living.
5. Moda, The Mercian, Birmingham, from £1,200 pcm
Soaring to 42 storeys, The Mercian is the tallest residential building in the Midlands and one of the healthiest in Europe.
It’s centrally located in the Broad Street regeneration area, and comprises 481 pet-friendly studio, one, two and three-bedroom flats; an impressive triple height atrium; a gym; sky lounge; co-working and event spaces; a cinema room; games lounge; and Birmingham’s first rooftop running track, with unbeatable views. Through Moda Living.
6. Fontwell Meadows, Fontwell, West Sussex, from £1,375 pcm
These two and three-bedroom houses are aimed at families and very energy efficient, so economical to run. Choose from 12, 24 or 36-month tenancy agreements with a guaranteed option to extend, and unlike in most rentals, you’re allowed to decorate your homes with prior approval.
The development is a five-minute drive from Barnham station which has direct trains into London Victoria, and when finished will incorporate open spaces, a playground, games area, orchards, allotments and a community building. By Leaf Living.
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7. Mast Quay, Woolwich, London SE18, from £1,400 pcm
Some 204 one, two and three-bedroom apartments are due to be unveiled in the next few weeks next to the Thames and a short stroll from Woolwich’s Elizabeth Line station.
Snap one up and you can look forward to amazing views of the river, a 24-hour concierge, private gym and health club, a café/wine bar and communal roof gardens.
Parking, electric charging points and Zipcar car club membership are available, and a section of the Thames Path that runs right in front of the development is due to open this summer. By Comer Group through Hamptons.
8. Repton Gardens, Wembley Park, from £1,802 pcm
The 10th phase to launch in the UK’s biggest BTR neighbourhood is also its most sustainable, with natural products used throughout. 396 botanically-inspired homes – from studios to four-bedroom apartments – are spread across three buildings and feature plants to improve air quality and bring the outside in, and sustainable furniture from John Lewis.
Onsite amenities include WFH offices, a meeting room, a gym overlooking a podium garden, a club room with a pool table, soft seating, TV area and bar, a garden with hireable BBQ areas, plus roof terraces. Via Quintain Living.
9. Coppermaker Square, Stratford, London E20, from £2,315 pcm for a studio
It’s no coincidence that Westfield’s first venture into the UK residential market is next to its huge Westfield Stratford City shopping complex.
The second of nine buildings launches soon, consisting of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments decorated in a choice of light or dark colour palettes that are ready to be personalised with artwork or even wallpaper.
Not only are pets welcome but they have their own wash room and grooming station, and a huge co-working space, a state-of-the-art gym, spa, pool, jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms, yoga and spin studios, a cinema room, club lounge and games room are among the many five-star hotel-style amenities. Visit Coppermaker Square.