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UKAA News Buzz 08/12/2020 – Welcome to the Christmas Edition


Hello UKAA Members, 

There has never been a better time to adopt intelligent building technology in your properties.
Let’s face it, it’s cold! When the weather outside is frightful, mobile control of thermostats and lighting for residents, common areas, and vacant units allow for more comfortable spaces at the touch of a button and a more energy efficient building.
Visitor vendor access helps residents make their guests feel welcome with the ability to create guest mobile credentials in a snap through the Community Connect Mobile App. And what about all those packages and parcels? There has never been a more important time to make sure they make it to the recipient – allow your property staff to create temporary credentials for 3rd party vendors, such as couriers or Father Christmas.

Left the Christmas lights on? No problem, Geofencing allows a virtual geographic boundary to be set up, defined by GPS, that enables CommunityConnect to trigger Home and Away scenarios as you arrive at or leave your property. Turning lights/heating on/off.
To find out more about how our clients are utilising Intelligent Building Technology in their properties, please contact us. RealPage would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy, healthy and safe New Year.

The RealPage® Team

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If you would like to find out more about how our customers have transformed their BTR management and how they have utilised data and analytics to inform their decision-making.  Please do get in touch:

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Last week we announced our partnership with Unissu to host and curate the Build To Rent channel on RE:Connect which launches on 7th January 2021!

UKAA Members have the opportunity to host their own programmes to reach a dedicated BTR audience in the UK and across the globe. 

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UKAA members can host a programme for only £1 (saving £248 per programme) using discount code: RECONUKAA

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Q1 2021 launch for UKAA BTR Public Relations steering group

The initiative was discussed during the ‘Meet the Press’ panel, at the UKAA’s Festival of BtR, chaired by Moda Living’s Lucy Sharp alongside Carol Lewis the Deputy Property Editor at The Times, ’Property Journalist of the Year’ Graham Norwood, Harriet Pask from Quintain, and Caroline Coskry from Oracle PR. 

The panel, still available to view HERE, explored how the sector is currently perceived in the British media, how BTR can better promote itself, as well as the best approach for growth, collaboration, and managing crises. 

The event has inspired the formation of a collaborative BTR industry PR committee which we formally announce today. This will include building and executing a strategy that positions the UKAA as the ‘go-to commentator’ for the UK’s BTR sector, in its role as the trusted industry body for the space. 

Lucy, who will chair the committee, is appealing for senior PR’s within the BTR sector to work more closely with one another to enhance how the BTR industry is viewed by investors, policymakers, customers, and peers.  

Lucy Sharp, Head of Corporate PR at Moda Living:  

By sharing knowledge & raising standards as PR professionals, we can build the profile & reputation of the Sector collectively, as well as offering a voice to smaller businesses driving the sector forward.

We encourage PR leads in every area within BTR including investors, operators, developers, architects, contractors, agents, lawyers, regulators & suppliers to let us know now that they want to support our movement.  Next steps will be shared in the New year.” 

Register your interest by emailing pr@ukaa.org.uk before December 24th

UKAA Operators Forum: Thursday 10th December at 3pm

Let us know if you would like to join >>

New offer for UKAA members from Viewber: Choose 1 of these great services for free: 

  1. Up to 5 free 30 min viewing or virtual viewing slots
  2. Up to 5 recorded Whatsapp walk through recordings
  3. Up to 5 free inspections [or one block inspection as preferred]
  4. A 360 tour of any property
  5. A Viewber as an assistant for up to three hours [for a busy launch or house sitting]
  6. Up to three hours of sitting and waiting for contractors
  7. Up to 15 completion or move ins


Another new offer for members from Hospital & Medical Care Association:

Looking for Private Medical Insurance for yourself or your business? HMCA offer UKAA members discounted rates for medical plans, dental plan, hospital cash plans, travel plan, income protection and vehicle breakdown products.


Welcome to New Members:

Fossey Arora is a boutique design agency with its offices based in Chelsea. It has historically found its niche in delivering for a wide range of clients, all with an emphasis on beautiful, functional design.


Helix International group is the parent company to multiple subsidiaries, including Ark Workplace Risk and QUOODA®. Ark Workplace Risk is an international market leader, providing an innovative and affordable suite of solutions & services addressing Workplace Risk, Compliance, Fire Safety, Health & Safety and Performance for today and the future.


Insite Energy provides a range of specialist services to heat network operators across the UK, including Managing Agents, BTR Developers & Operators, landlords, Housing Associations, and contractors.


Lovespace is the UK's first and largest storage-by-the-box company. They provide a convenient alternative to self-storage, offering doorstep collection and delivery nationwide.


Verkada builds modern security solutions that help enterprises run safer, smarter buildings – with a mission to modernise the world of enterprise building security.


Member news:

Quintain appoints Jim Eaton-Terry as first Chief Technology Officer (CTO)


Fab Little Bag have the perfect disposable solution for the taboo subject…


Goodlord named in 50 fastest growing UK tech companies by Deloitte.


Loft’s Ben Etherington talks Technology, Flexibility and Solutions with Staykeepers.


Join the Helix International Breakfast Briefing Tuesday 15 December @ 8.30am – How to future proof your external facade inspections

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Grainger report strong full year results for 2020  “Continued growth despite a challenging market”


Quadient explore how people prepared for a Black Friday unlike any other

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Moda and Apache secure 700 units in Birmingham 


More Moda news – Moda Living partners with Samsung for smart neighbourhood


Packaged Living and Hammerson announce BTR scheme for Debenhams in Leicester


Industry news…

PlaceFirst plan 370 homes in  Wolverhampton regeneration

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McKinsey on What’s next for remote work

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NAA news…

Download UNITS Magazine 
December 2020 Issue 

Industry Insider: Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive Apartment Industry: Laying the Groundwork

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Industry Insider: Mental Health in the Workplace: Let’s Talk About It

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