At Investec Private Bank, we think it’s time for global investors to look at the UK’s residential rental property market differently. With insights from the US market, we believe there is an investment case – and investor appetite – for grouping private rented sector, student accommodation, retirement living, co-living and serviced apartments within a single portfolio.

To understand this appetite, we’ve released our latest report: Future Living. We’ve interviewed experts in the field and surveyed industry specialists to understand how this sector is evolving and what's next on the horizon of the UK industry.


Download the full 2019 report PDF 5.07 MB

Key survey results

Investors who succeed in developing – and fine-tuning – a blended residential rental strategy will help to drive the emergence of a new multi-class rental category, one we’re calling ‘Living’. A new asset class that will compete with other real estate asset classes as global bond yields rise. We surveyed* more than 50 institutional investors from across UK real estate, representing £338bn in global assets under management, and spoke to numerous industry experts, to conclude that combining complementary use classes in a single structured portfolio will give investors access to strong and sustainable income. Access the report via the tile below.


Nine in 10 investors believe that within the next five years, investment strategies encompassing student, PRS, serviced apartments and retirement living will be common in the UK.


More than half of global institutional investors believe multi-class residential rentals will compete with other real estate asset classes as global bond yields rise.


Eighty-five percent of investors expect a greater synchronicity of residential rental yields in the UK within the next five years.

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Mark Bladon

Mark Bladon

Head of Real Estate

Mark is Head of Real Estate lending responsible for over £1bn of loan assets, and specialises in providing development finance for industrial, residential and student accommodation projects across the capital stack.