Why Build to Rent is the ultimate rental experience

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Our reviews show that Build to Rent (BTR) residents are the happiest tenants in the UK. But what is Build to Rent?

‘Build to Rent’ just means a new development designed entirely around renters. It is a growing movement that is changing the way we rent homes.

HomeViews helps tenants find the perfect place to live that fits into their renter lifestyle. This often differs from homeowners’ lifestyles, so renters are drawn to Build to Rent developments with unique benefits, such as:

  • Events and a strong sense of community
  • Excellent facilities and amenities on site
  • Superb customer service
  • A home offering a modern ‘hotel’ lifestyle
  • Hassle-free inclusive bills, WiFi & TV
  • The choice of unfurnished or furnished flats.

Key features of Build to Rent developments

Bills Included

Bills Included

Roof Terrace

Roof Terrace

Resident Events

Resident Events

Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Gym

Gym

Concierge

Concierge

Garden

Garden

Onsite Maintenance

Onsite Maintenance

24 Hours

24 Hours

Bike Parking

Bike Parking

Parking

Parking

WiFi Included

WiFi Included

Balcony

Balcony

Security

Security

Lounge

Lounge

Parcel Lockers

Parcel Lockers

Coworking

Coworking

Communal Gardens

Communal Gardens

What are the benefits of Build to Rent?

Hassle-free renting

Renting shouldn’t be a challenge. That’s why Build to Rent landlords offer a hassle-free experience. With transparent contracts, fully furnished apartments, managed bills and broadband, help to move and zero-deposit options, consider it for your next rental experience. In fact, 90% of residents of Build to Rent properties listed on HomeViews would recommend their homes to their friends and family.

What is a concierge?

Onsite Property Management

No need to worry where your last Amazon parcel went or where to go for help if your WiFi cuts out, as often new build homes to rent have an onsite property management team – sometimes even available 24/7.

Management teams have been praised by Build to Rent reviewers on HomeViews for helping them move in safely and smoothly during lockdowns, sorting out tricky maintenance problems quickly and efficiently or for simply brightening their day.

Luxury facilities

Build to Rent offers renters high-quality furnishings alongside a variety of on-site facilities and amenities including common rooms and shared spaces where residents can gather to use and socialise. These usually include onsite gardens or rooftop terraces, car and bike parking and a concierge service.

If you’re lucky, you may get access to a private cinema room, resident gym .. or even a swimming pool.

 

Furnished apartments with resident events

Resident Events

Many new build flats to rent offer a range of activities and events for residents to enjoy. From virtual art classes, wine tasting to rooftop drinks parties, there’s something for everyone… even during lockdowns.

 

New Build Furnishings and Design

Build to Rent homes offer both unfurnished and furnished apartments for you to choose from. Often new build homes to rent have brand new, stylish furniture pieces chosen by professional interior designers, all for the purpose to make you feel at home.

Pet-friendly

Sometimes it can be difficult to know where and how to find rental homes that are both suitable for you and your pets. That’s why one of the unique perks of Build to Rent is that the properties are pet-friendly, which means there’s room for all of your furry friends. Some even include a pet hamper for when you move in or specific events for pet owners. You can find the Top 20 pet-friendly rentals on HomeViews.

Popular Build to Rent Operators on HomeViews

Essential Living logo

Beautiful flats with top quality furnishings and finishes. I don’t have a balcony but I have the most gorgeous view of the wetlands that is breathtaking. INCREDIBLE facilities – you will struggle to find this in London (pool, tennis court, gym, common room, private dining room, rooftop, bar area etc).

Where can I find new build rental-only developments in the UK?

Head to our map search page by clicking the map on the right. Then select the Rental Only tab to see only Build to Rent residential developments in the UK.

You’ll be able to read honest, verified reviews and ratings so you can find the best rental properties and make an informed decision about whether or not you want to live there.

HomeViews Resident Insights

The UK now has 58,038 Build to Rent homes + 130,418 planned or being built (BPF, Q1 2021)

90% of Build to Rent residents on HomeViews said they would recommend their landlord

Build to Rent residents outside London rank their locations higher than residents in the capital

Build to Rent residents particularly value having a gym, concierge and events programme

Ratings for Build to Rent developments remained high during the lockdowns of 2020

Build to Rent buildings are highly rated for design by residents – an average of 4.43 out of 5

Reviews from Build to Rent developments

Reviewing No.26, CR0

Love living at No.26.

It’s a really great development with very nice, modern apartments and good facilities. Relatively good price for the property as well, particularly with access to separate bathrooms which is a nice feature. It’s great to have a dishwasher and washer/dryer, plus love the showers!

Reviewing Chapel Wharf, M3

Quiet, spacious and well-furnished – ideal city living

I moved in at the start of September 2020 to a brand new flat. I found it very easy to settle in, and the induction process was well thought-out with a thorough demonstration of the building’s safety credentials -always a concern post-Grenfell. The flats are all furnished with high quality items and everything has worked… Read the full review

Reviewing The Quarters Croydon, CR0

Outstanding!! Pleasure staying here.

Superior service provided by property management and building management team.They are polite friendly professional and efficient. The facilities are very well designed and of excellent quality. The public areas are always kept spotless and the tenants are pleasant.

Reviewing Fizzy Stepney Green, E1

Great place for pets and people

The building is quite modern, well equiped and clean. There’s space to store bicycles and Super fast broadband internet services included in the rent. Flats are spacious, well organized and equiped with good quality appliances. The building is Pet friendly and other tenants are very friendly, which promotes frequent encounters with our little animal friends…. Read the full review

Reviewing 10 George Street, E14

Vertus George Street is perfect

10 George St is so perfect for us. Brilliant location, stunning facilities and a great team. Honestly this is the first time I’ve written a review like this for anyone in the real estate business. Pierre @ 10 George St is the single most professional and supportive person I’ve had the pleasure to deal with… Read the full review

Reviewing New Maker Yards, M5

Great location, really quiet, and beautiful, modern apartment

Super modern buildings, really quiet, great insulation (I’ve barely heard a peep from any neighbours since I moved in six months ago), and dog-friendly – what more could you ask for? Not only that, but the neighbourhood feels really safe, the letting team (GetLiving) have been brilliant to work with, and I’m just about to… Read the full review

Reviewing Colindale Gardens Private Rental by L&Q , NW9

A great place to raise a child

The structure of the building is great, its spacious, liveable, the facilities in the building are very beneficial, very useful to use and the team who take of it are always up to job, and are very nice, the management team are very helpful and always eager to support.

Gorgeous apartments! So spacious for an open plan. We love that it’s furnished to a high standard. Our little pup loves running around and it’s so easy to find her when she’s running about, the carpet in the bedroom is great for mornings and little mocha is enjoying the flat just we much as we are.

Living area

Is it better to Rent or Buy?

One of the biggest decisions we ever make, financially and emotionally, is choosing a home. Thus, deciding whether to rent or buy a home is very important. Renting offers flexibility for you to live the way you want, in a location that suits you the best, without the commitment and stresses involved in owning property.

Build to Rent takes this to another level and offers further benefits to renters. With on-site management teams to respond to issues, community events, shared social spaces and high-quality homes, residents can enjoy an unparalleled renting experience. If you would like more information on buying a property, we’ve compiled our expert guide, which covers saving for a mortgage to the handing over of the keys.

rent to rent landlords with keys

Is Build to Rent a short or long term option?

There is the opportunity within Build to Rent for both short-term or long-term lets. Whether you’d like a tenancy for a six month rental home or a three year new build flat to rent, Build to Rent covers it all.

Where is Build to Rent in the UK?

The number of people who are privately renting in the UK is growing and the property industry is responding to this. So if you’re looking for somewhere to rent, the term ‘Build to Rent’ is set to become increasingly familiar.

As an industry, it is growing exponentially. There are now over 50,000 completed new build flats to rent in the UK. (Savills, 2020) London leads the way with 107 completed schemes to rent, but Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Liverpool also are upcoming areas with a number of new build homes to rent available.

The majority of residents of new build flats to rent have consistently rated their properties on HomeViews higher than the average rental experience. This is because there is more of a focus on service and community. Build to Rent landlords are invested in retaining you as a resident and keeping you happy.

Is Build to Rent affordable?

Typically, renting within a new build offers a premium experience with luxury facilities and top-notch customer service. As such, the rent tends to be 11% higher than the local market. However, usually within your rent, bills are included so you don’t need to worry about setting those up before you move in. Likewise, there are a number of flexible tenancies with zero deposit options.

There are number of affordable new build flats to rent and we have listed out the top new homes to rent in London for under £1300pcm.

The development is excellently built in a location that is currently in development to become a very high end part of London. The facilities are of the highest level one can ask for while the apartments are elegantly designed, with all the appliances included of the highest quality that make everyday living a pleasure. Not be forgotten is the assistance provided from the staff that are always available and willing to provide the best assistance possible.

Fizzy Living

Fizzy Living

Fizzy Living is a professional landlord on a mission to reinvent renting. Fizzy provides good quality homes for rent in secure buildings across London, and is committed to delivering exceptional five-star customer service throughout your tenancy. This developer is…

4.38

(1146 reviews)

Number of developments 8

HomeViews Top 10s for Build to Rent developments

The design is amazing! The minimalist and modern interior interior is stunning and also feels so homely and community based! The gym and pool are also exquisite and are so handy being so close to my flat! The building management team are also friendly and always helpful!

Exchange gardens sw8 swimming pool
Yoga at Essential Living

Residents enjoying the Club Vertus social space at 10 George Street

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