London and Bristol set to be hot spots for purpose built rental investment

Property Wire | May 27, 2019

Investment into the UK’s purpose built rental accommodation sector is set to reach £146 billion by 2025, with money coming in from the United States and Canada, new research shows. This year the investment-grade Private Rented Sector (PRS) and Senior Living Rental sectors is expected to reach £87.3 billion, according to the latest survey analysis report from real estate firm Knight Frank. When survey respondents were asked to identify locations which would outperform over the next five years, London and Bristol emerge as key opportunity areas across PRS, Senior Living and Student Accommodation. This combined value includes investment into purpose-built student accommodation, including university-run and private PBSA, institutional grade PRS investments, including co-living, Built to Rent flatted schemes and single family housing, as well as and purpose-built senior living rental accommodation.

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