Later Living: teaching an old sector new tricks

If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that we’re not getting any younger. By 2024, one in five of Brits will be 65 or over...

Primark: A Lesson for the High Street?

Primark’s founder Arthur Ryan died at the age of 83 this month, but his stores will long outlive him. This is in stark contrast to...

VAT on Homes Built to Rent

Yes tax is boring, but it’s important too, and despite what you may think it's extremely important for the Build to Rent sector. While we...

Paying for the long term BTR model

One of the biggest advantages yet biggest barriers of Build to Rent (BTR) is that developers and operators take the long-term view. They don’t build...

Why pension funds are looking at UK BTR, or multifamily, housing

Until recently pension funds had been unable to enter the Build to Rent (BTR) market. By their nature they look for secure, long-term returns and...

Designing operations into BTR design is crucial

It’s a sad fact that beautiful buildings are not always the best performing, especially when we are looking at Build to Rent (BTR). While design...

Professionalising renting: a source of rare cross party support

Build-to-rent has been one of those rare issues in real estate where there is a cross-party consensus of support. On the one hand BTR it...

The local authority potential for Build to Rent

We should not be ashamed of the fact Britain is reliant on private finance to deliver new infrastructure. And there’s no reason why we should...

Labour Land and Housing paper: For the Many?

Planning juries may be a stupid idea, but updating council tax, resourcing councils better and stabilising land costs are things everyone has been demanding for years.

Berlin housing vote a warning shot to HAs

News that Berliners may vote on effectively renationalising 200,000 rented apartments may have some institutional investors exploring build-to-rent in London looking nervously at the capital. With Labour mayor...

ASA bans Notting Hill Genesis ad

You have to feel a bit of sympathy for Notting Hill Genesis, whose shared ownership advert has been banned following a ruling announced today by...

Blackstock’s 18 for ‘18: A review

Last year, the Blackstock team put forward some predictions for how 2018 would play out. Let’s see if we were right: