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PRS Sector Set For Significant Growth, New Research Suggests

The proportion of households living in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) will rise to 24% by 2021, according to new Knight Frank research.

The Multihousing Report was released this week by Knight Frank and it also indicates that institutional investment in the PRS sector is set to accelerate over the next five years to £70bn. In addition, the report reveals the findings from Knight Frank’s Tenant Survey, reflecting the views of more than 10,000 people living in the PRS – making it one of the largest surveys of its kind ever conducted. It shows that 68% of renters across the UK expect to still be living in the rented sector in three years’ time.

Analysis of the key drivers in the rental sector, coupled with the outlook for household growth, indicates that 5.79m households will be in the PRS by the end of 2021, Knight Frank forecasts.

Young professionals (aged 25-34) make up the largest proportion of households living in the PRS; taking advantage of the increased flexibility of a tenure which allows moving between locations without any of the costs associated with buying or selling a property.
Recent policy changes, additional stamp duty on buy-to-let investments and the curbing of mortgage interest rate reliefs – marks a change for the PRS, but also creates potential opportunity for large-scale operators in the rental sector, the firm believes.

Large-scale institutional investment in Build-to-Rent or Multihousing, which only emerged in force in the UK in recent years, is now worth an estimated £25bn. According to opinions it gathered by surveying key investors and operators in the market, Knight Frank estimates that by 2022, this market will be worth £70bn.

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