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UKAA News Buzz 29/06/2021 – A Single Tech Platform for the Resident Journey

June 29th 2021


At Yardi, we’re excited to be able to meet in person as the world opens up again. Over the past year, technology has helped us stay connected and kept the conversation going, and connected technology is even more important when managing residential real estate.

We understand that to be the core of every residential business, whether that’s build-to-rent, purpose-built student housing or smaller traditional PRS developments, technology connects the entire resident journey.

From property marketing and leasing to customer relationship management and online resident services, Yardi’s RENTCafé Suite helps our clients to enhance resident satisfaction and drive portfolio success.

Yardi’s single, cloud-based platform delivers a wide range of business and operational functionality such as core property accounting, procurement, facilities management, asset management, investment management and much more.

Join our webinar on 14th July at 3pm to learn how a connected proptech system can streamline the management of leads, applicants and residents and how you can free up your property and leasing manager’s time with automation.


Justin Harley – Regional Director at Yardi


Yardi Webinar: Connecting Residential Real Estate –
14th July at 3pm 

Discover proptech that streamlines entire resident journey from application to onboarding and centralises business processes and transactions all from one connected platform.


Yardi Presents Investment Management Proptech –
20th July at 11am 

Introducing Yardi Investment Manager, connected proptech that gives you complete insight into investor and investment information and lets you manage capital transactions.


Book a Demo of Yardi’s Proptech

Our members are creating the rental communities of today and tomorrow – together we are shaping the future of Build To Rent


Best Practice Guide Call for Contributions

We’re pleased to have launched last week our call for content and funding for the creation of a UKAA Best Practice Guide for Build to Rent. Between now and our conference in November 2021, we will be working with member contributors, editors, designers and experts to harness and express the practical knowledge of delivery of BTR schemes. The Guide will be delivered online, with interactive content covering topics from design and funding through to development, construction, mobilisation and operation.
We need your help to address the issues that operators and suppliers face in common to unlock the potential of the sector. If you would like to make a donation, contribute content or editorial support please visit our website or get in touch here.
Many thanks to our first pledgers, TLJ Access Control and Hoare Lea🎉

Respond to our Member Survey
As part of our Growth Project, and in view of our pivot to online delivery for a lot of our services & content this last year, we would be grateful if you, as a valued member of The UKAA, would please take 5 minutes of your time to complete our member survey.

Your feedback is vital to help us ensure that we deliver the events, news and services that meet your needs and interests.

UKAA Members Survey
Last week we held a webinar to present the results of our Resident Sentiment Survey.
We have partnered with Grace Hill to conduct a survey to measure and assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on renters’ experience and future decision-making regarding renting in the UK. The results are in! View a copy of the results here:

Sentiment Survey Results >

UKAA LIVE Across The Nation 2021 –15th / 16th November – Save the date

Remember the BTR Game in 2019, the Festival of Build To Rent in 2020? This year’s UKAA conference is going to be even more rewarding for everyone in the sector. Join us in person in London and Manchester or from your office, your BTR scheme or your home for 36 hours of study tours, workshops, face to face discussions and online events. We’ll be looking at Best Practice, exploring BTR across the UK and showcasing the sector including the Building Talent Recognition awards for on-site and back office teams and the HomeViews National Awards for the UK’s best schemes and leading landlords.


Dates For Your Diaries

TODAY AT 10AM – UKAA Webinar – Tenant retention through technology, presented by Moricon

Sebastian Moritz from Moricon will explore with panellists from Allsop, Invesco, urbanbubble, Bakkers Hommen and Lavanda whether, and if so how, technology is assisting with the back-end management of BTR with a view to improving the customer experience.

Read about roundtable >

Thursday 1st July 09:30am – 11:00am – UKAA Workshop: Youth Homelessness: The BTR sector’s role in tackling a post-pandemic crisis

Join the launch of a Landaid campaign to provide 1000 homes for young people facing homelessness by 2024, and an invitation to join a commitment by BTR operators to contribute.

Read about workshop >

Tuesday 6th July 10.00am – 11.00am UKAA Webinar: The importance of AI in BTR Presented by EBI

Please join us for a webinar to highlight the opportunities and benefits of using AI within BTR.

UKAA Virtual Reverse Trade Show Tuesday 13th July (online networking) SOLD OUT
Sponsored by flatfair

Operators/ investors confirmed: Allsop, Apache Capital, Apo, Bakkers Homme, Ellington Capital, Folio London, Foxtons, Greystar, Quintain Living, LIV Group & SAY Property

Upcoming UKAA Forums: 
Suppliers Forum – Thursday 8th July
Senior Leadership Forum – Wednesday 14th July
Operators Forum – Thursday 22nd July

Contact us to join

Welcome To New Members:

SearchSmartly is a proptech platform that matches tenants to homes according to their deep lifestyle needs. The matchmaking platform saves prospective tenants hours of research ahead of their move, by taking into account commutability, proximity to local amenities like schools, parks, gyms, restaurants, and so on when recommending properties.

Find out more >

NSP Security
NSP Security manufacture, supply and install Door Access Control systems. NSP’s curb side to front door access control system uses keycard, fob and smartphone activation for your video intercom, communal doors, lift and apartment front doors. Working with developers, main contractors, architects and consultants, our intelligent locksets have been used throughout the world for over 20 years in the BTR, Multifamily, Co-living and Student living sectors. 

Find out more >

Oppidan Life
Oppidan Life are true pioneers of the new, ground breaking co-living sector and we are leading the way in Manchester (UK) by raising the profile of what true co-living means. Running through our ethos is the parent company’s (Shenton Group) unwavering commitment to high ethical standards and continual investment in its long-term relationships with its people, partners and clients – come and be a part of our true co-living adventure!

Find out more >

Hybrid Electrical Solutions LTD
Hybrid understand the complexity of running a BtR facility and the importance of keeping these compliant and operational. We provide solutions and services to allow our customers to concentrate on their business and not their buildings.

Find out more >


City & Docklands first BTR scheme to be managed on Yardi [4 minute read]


Investec launches second Future Living Report, Beds for Rent: The Golden Age
Investec surveyed 52 global institutional investors, representing over half a billion in AUM, on their appetite for the ‘Living’ asset classes of build-to-rent, purpose-built student accommodation, co-living and retirement living. Despite there being significant challenges as a result of Covid-19, particularly for the student sector, overall sentiment remains optimistic and investors remain positive about the opportunities the ‘beds-for-rent’ sector presents.



PLATFORM_ announces purchase of eight-acre site in Leeds [4 minute read]

Sweet Street site will bring pipeline to 2500 homes.


Housing Today – Build to rent developer Moda Living posts 35% increase in turnover [2 minute read]


Letting Agent Today – Grainger acquires The Forge to add Newcastle to its portfolio [2 minute read]


Property Investor Post – Goodlord and L&G partner to offer renters insurance [4 minute read]


Welcome to new members interior design and furniture manufacturing company, Ventura



Propmodo – A renter’s experience with a tenant experience app [10 minute read]
A resident sets out some pain points in their use of a tenant experience app, and how they might be addressed.


Financial Times – House prices climb to record levels in US and Europe [6 minute read]
While mainly about housing for sale, the article points to some governments adopting approaches toward restricting support for and/or restricting the ability of large scale investors in national housing markets (e.g. in Ireland) amid rising house prices.


Propmodo – The case for the corporate landlord [8 minute read]
Amidst plans by investors in the single family rental market, and concerns about the implications for residents, PropModo analyses the validity of the criticism and signposts where any true concerns might be addressed.


Evening Standard Build-to-Rent homes in London: the pros and cons of the rental sector taking over the capital [8 minute read]


Building Magazine – British Land presses ahead with first build-to-rent scheme three years after plans were mothballed [3 minute read]
Phase two of the Aldgate Place mixed-use scheme on the City fringe in London to commence by the autumn, including 159 Build to Rent apartments.
Show House – Watkin Jones’ largest Build-to-Rent scheme ever gets green light [4 minute read]
Maker’s Yard in Birmingham will include 551 apartments.


Property Investor Today – ‘Landmark’ BTR scheme launched in North Acton-Park Royal regen zone [6 minute read]
Partnership between Notting Hill Genesis and Oakfield provides 200 apartments within the Oaklands Rise mixed use development.


Propmodo – Should landlords be concerned about digital graffiti? [7 minute read]
With the advent of mixed-reality and augmented reality, will virtual assets acquire associated risks that need to be managed? Propmodo examines through the lens of graffiti on the digital twins of real assets.


NAA Apartmentalize 2021 [5 minute read]

All UKAA member benefit from member rates. Let us know if you plan to attend. 


NAA’s Bob Pinnegar: Avoid making these 5 first-time renter mistakes [3 minute read]
NAA President and CEO Bob Pinnegar sets out advice for first time apartment residents with a view to obtaining a good renting experience (NAA web article links to a longer Washington Post article).


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