Long Harbour's Build to Rent White Paper

, 16 June 2022

Long Harbour has published its White Paper, Build-to-Rent: Helping the UK Build Back Better, which outlines how Build-to-Rent (BTR) can play a pivotal role in supporting the UK’s social and environmental challenges.

The Paper sets out how the BTR sector is well-positioned to help rebuild the economy and fuel the housing market through the cost-of-living crisis and beyond. The method of funding BTR through long-term institutional investment ensures a long-term, stable financial backing for development, producing high-quality, affordable homes.

By building modern and sustainable homes, the BTR sector can drive the Government’s commitment to Net Zero and a green recovery, stimulating the behavioural change required across industry.

There is also an important role for BTR to play in levelling-up across the UK; investing in regions where housing need is acute, whilst building real communities that bring together existing and new residents.

In addition to setting out the benefits of BTR, the White Paper makes a number of calls to Government to support the growth of the sector.

Most importantly, Long Harbour believes that there should be a level playing field for BTR with other parts of the housing market, and therefore government should avoid regulation that will deter investment into the sector.

Alongside this, the paper states that there is a lack of policy focus on BTR and its potential benefits to UK growth, suggesting the creation of a ministerial position with responsibility for BTR in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Long Harbour has also called on the Government to remove barriers which are preventing Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) from becoming an integral element of housing delivery, as well as financial incentives which accelerate BTR’s contribution to the building of greener, more efficient homes.

By removing these barriers to entry, more BTR developers would be able to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and deliver housing stock with a longer life cycle.

You can read the White Paper in full in the downloads section of our website

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