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UKAA News Buzz 21/07/2020 – The Rental Experience: Setting the Standard


Welcome to Sigma Capital Group’s UKAA News Buzz takeover! I’m Graham Barnet, chief executive and founder of Sigma Capital Group plc.

Sigma is a leading provider of family private rental sector housing. Under our Simple Life brand, we deliver quality homes that are purpose built for the rental market, providing the ultimate in flexibility and freedom.

In 2019 we embarked on a large project to explore the nation’s attitudes towards renting. Months of research and hard work have now culminated in our in-depth report, The Rental Experience: Setting the Standard. We launched the report in June with an online podcast, featuring speakers from Homes England, Savills, Ascend Properties, research agency Trinity McQueen and Sigma, from which we’ve had some great feedback.

Renting can sometimes be perceived negatively, with the media focussing on rogue landlords and with the assumption that people view renting as a short-term option prior to the longer-term aspiration of buying a house. We set out to challenge these stereotypical beliefs and our report has some surprising findings.

We hope you find it as interesting to read as we did writing it.

Best wishes

Graham Barnet
CEO, Sigma Capital Group plc

Introducing this week's UKAA News Buzz sponsor:
New market research report delves into the PRS market

The Rental Experience: Setting the Standard, is based on an in-depth qualitative and quantitative data collection launched by Sigma Capital, concluding with a survey of more than 2,000 renters. The research reveals everything from who the modern-day renter is, to what barriers they feel they face as renters, their reasons for renting and their rental experiences.

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Why renting is no longer a dirty word

With more than 150,000 build-to-rent homes now occupied, under construction or in planning, activity in the sector is fast catching up with the attention it has long drawn from developers, advisers, investors and lenders. 

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UKAA news…

The UKAA Festival of Build To Rent
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UKAA Webinar TOMORROW – Wednesday 22nd July: A Catalyst for Better – The future of BTR design and the emerging lifestyle eco-system Presented by CallisonRTKL

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UKAA Discussion Forum THIS THURSDAY 23rd July: Navigating the new market; A research forum about design innovation and construction site operation with Siniat & Promat.

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UKAA Webinar Tuesday 4th AugustTech, Tools & Talent Presented by Forsite. A look at the ever-changing role of the property manager, what tenants now expect and how technology will be integral to keeping people safe & happy.

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UKAA Webinar Review: Maximising rent during and after COVID-19 presented by Lavanda

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UKAA Webinar Review: How data driven technology & AI enable remote working to meet resident & investor expectations during & after Covid 19 presented by BuildingLink

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Member news:

Quadient launch new parcel locker solution aimed at residential multi-tenant properties

Fizzy’s Harry Downes predicts “BTR primed for success”:

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Remit publish 90 day rent and service charge collection data report (excludes UKAA data this time)

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Get Living forward fund 600 homes in Lewisham

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Grainger announce acquisition at Guildford station

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Lendlease and CPP expand at Elephant Park

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Telford Homes buy Rotherhithe Gas Works

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BoConcept partner with Uncle in Wembley

Canopy improves financial info for agents through teclet

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Referencing platform Vouch joins Goodlord group

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NHBC launch MMC guarantee scheme 

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Congratulations to all the UKAA members recognised in the Property Management 50 awards

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BCLP's Andrew Yates  presents the 1st podcast of a series exploring the BTR/Multi-family market
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CBRE Q2 Resi Investment report forecasts strong rebound for BTR.

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IRPM White Paper – Data Ethics: plotting a roadmap for the new frontier
Industry news…

Dataloft publish the latest in its series of Briefing Notes looking at UK residential rental markets in the light of Covid-19.  


ARA Venn announce £250m Q2 BTR lending under PRS Guarantee scheme


English Housing Survey data published – all about renters and much more


Propmodo on The Digital Land grab (thanks to James Dearsley for the recommendation)


And on Redefining cool – social distancing and Instagram-worthy living spaces


Samsung and Microsoft announce partnership to transform residential property management


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