There are currently 150,000-plus Build-to-Rent homes either completed, in development or green-lit ahead of planning. That’s fantastic news for renters, who have never had so much choice in the rental market.
If you’ve just begun your property search and are looking for a new home, it’s time to look at the world of Build-to-Rent. After all, who wouldn’t want to live in a home made exclusively for them, with the added bonus of five-star social spaces?
And yet, living in a Build-to-Rent community is so much more than snazzy apartments and top-notch amenities (though they definitely help). So if you’re wondering whether the Build-to-Rent lifestyle is for you, read on and find you why you will benefit from living in a home designed just for renters.
Flexibility and freedom in beautifully-designed homes
Moving into a Build-to-Rent community is a piece of cake. There’s no need to worry about kitting out your new place if you don’t want to, as apartments are tastefully designed with stylish furnishings and the latest appliances.
However, if you do fancy yourself as an interior designer, many Build-to-Rent options give you full freedom to create your own masterpiece. Every aspect is flexible, from designing your place to contracts that provide a bit more leeway than your typical rental agreement.
It’s all about the social spaces
Plush apartments with the latest decor certainly play their role in the appeal of Build-to-Rent communities, but the on-site social spaces add a whole new dynamic. Living in a community is so much more than what’s on offer in your apartment.
Most Build-to-Rent buildings offer a range of amenities that provide a holistic approach to renting. With fitness suites, residents’ lounges, roof terraces, cinema and gaming rooms, dining areas and swimming pools and spas, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to living in a Build-to-Rent community.
Zero. Zilch. Nada
The tenant fee ban was great news for renters, removing many of the costly admin fees associated with moving home. But there’s still a pesky security deposit to think about when you move into a new place – unless you’re moving into a Build-to-Rent community, where many offer a zero deposit option.
Instead of paying a deposit amounting to five week’s worth of rent, you’ll only need to pay a one-off fee that equates to one week’s rent. You get the same protection afforded by a regular deposit, just without the large financial outlay. This is called zero deposit renting, and it’s here to make your life much easier.
Extra, extra, read all about it
Let's suppose those amazing apartments, five-star amenities and zero deposits don't have you Google mapping it to the nearest Build-to-Rent home. In that case, the handy extras on offer at communities will surely excite you. Let's start with concierge services. Enjoy hotel-style services with someone on hand to welcome you into the building and help out with any questions you may have.
Then there are extras like using an app or online portal to report maintenance issues, which makes managing your in-life tenancy much easier. Other benefits include bike storage (because we've all got one of those now), underground car parks and on-site laundry and dry cleaning services. Again, Build-to-Rent really does provide a holistic approach to modern-day living.
Secure the perimeter
Security plays a big role in moving to a new home, whether you’re living on the ground floor or up high in the sky. You don’t want to move into somewhere that doesn’t offer security. Fortunately, Build-to-Rent communities are super secure.
We've already mentioned the on-site concierges, but 24/7 CCTV and well-secured buildings offer added peace of mind. It means that you can rest assured that your Build-to-Rent living experience will be as safe as it comes.
Welcome to the community
You might have noticed that we’ve used the word “community” a fair few times already. That’s because Build-to-Rent homes embody community living. They pop up in big cities like London and Manchester, which can sometimes feel a little cold and isolating, and bring everyone together.
Get to know your neighbours in the residents’ lounge or partake in monthly community events. Modern-day renters are all about the interaction, and Build-to-Rent living facilitates our desire to feel involved and like we’re part of something bigger than merely having a nice home to live in. And during the age of Covid-19, many Build-to-Rent communities have taken their activities online!
In-demand Build-to-Rent communities
Just in case you were wondering where to find some of the most sought-after Build-to-Rent communities, we’ve put together a quick-fire list of 10 that should keep an eye on.
1) Fizzy Living, Fizzy Hayes
Fizzy Hayes offers a selection of one, two and three-bedroom modern apartments, not to mention a couple of townhouses. It’s just a stone’s throw away from Hayes & Harlington station, and there’s even an on-site property manager at the development. Fizzy likes to call them “Bob”.
2) Essential Living, Dressage Court
Embrace East London living in Bethnal Green and move into Dressage Court, from Essential Living. There are 104 apartments in this community, as well as a 24-hour on-site residents' team, social spaces, roof terrace and a games room. It's also just a short walk from the trendy bars of East London.
3) Grainger, Argo Apartments
Head to Canning Town for Grainger’s Argo Apartments, a collection of one and two-bed homes with balconies overlooking the local area. Some of the on-site amenities include a gym, residents’ lounge, roof terrace and a working area, which means you can easily work, rest and play at Argo Apartments.
4) Gravity CoLiving
Be part of the community at Gravity, a Co-Living space with locations in North London’s Camden and Finsbury. Bills are all-inclusive, and contracts are flexible – perfect for the modern-day renter who is regularly on the move.
5) Greenwich Peninsula
As one of London’s major hotspots, Greenwich is an in-demand neighbourhood with plenty of green space and a strong sense of maritime history. Greenwich Peninsula lets you experience the best of the SE10 postcode in luxury with its riverside settings, public spaces and stylish apartments with varied views.
6) Greystar, Charter Place
Another Greystar gem, Charter Place is located in Hounslow and offers studio, one, two and three-bedroom homes. The pet-friendly community has top-notch social spaces that include a podium garden, residents' lounge, onsite gym and private dining.
Make your home Kooky and enjoy living in Staines-upon-Thames, where art deco-inspired apartments await. Residents enjoy perks like complimentary broadband, an on-site concierge service, and easy access into the heart of London.
8) Platform_ Bracknell
Platform has reimagined renting, and nowhere is this more obvious than at its Bracknell community. Relax and unwind in spacious studios, as well as one and two-bed options, before exploring social spaces that include a residents' lounge and terrace.
9) Sonder, Kensington Penthouse
Sonder's Kensington apartments provide luxury living spaces right in the heart of central London. Residents here have access to some of the capital's most famous landmarks on their doorstep, including fantastic museums. Stay for as little as one night and benefit from a contract-free service that offers complete flexibility.
10) Tipi Landsby
Danish for “village”, Landsby incorporates a scandi-led interior design that channels its Nordic vibes while enhancing the community lifestyle. Outside of your stylish apartment, you can make the most of two roof terraces and podium gardens, a residents’ kitchen with private dining and a location that’s just minutes’ away from Wembley’s iconic Stadium.
The future of renting
It’s easy to see why so many Build-to-Rent communities are popping up here, there and everywhere. They offer you a lifestyle catered to your needs and, most importantly, put renters first. As more communities enter the market, the options will only increase. So the next time you’re looking for a place to live, don’t just look for a new home – find your very own community.
Movebubble is the home of Build-to-Rent
If you think that a Build-to-Rent community could be the right place for your next move, then download the Movebubble app where you can browse them all in one place, view Walkthroughs of the social spaces, check out the local area, and find your perfect home!
Why not check out our latest YouTube video on some of the best Build-to-Rent communities on the app here: