UK to Enjoy Fast Growing Rental Investment Revolution Over Next 5 Years

Knight Frank | May 23, 2019

According to Knight Frank's latest market research, investment into the UK Student Accommodations (PBSA), investment-grade private rented sector (PRS) and senior living rental sectors is expected to reach £146bn ($185bn) by 2025, rising from £87.3bn ($110bn) in 2019.
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) and purpose-built senior living rental accommodation.

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