Manchester tops latest BTR ratings

Manchester is the best place in the country to rent a new build flat says Homeviews

A BTR development in Manchester has topped the polls in a new report that rounds up residents’ reviews of their rental homes. More than 100,000 people around the country now live in a Build to Rent (BTR) apartment building. Initially, the sector was focused on London but now the regions are picking up speed both in terms of completed developments and projects in the pipeline.

HomeViews publishes resident reviews that give the developments they live in a star rating out of five across a range of categories. These include facilities, design, location, value and management. Homeviews has just published its latest report, rounding up more than 5,000 reviews from tenants living in 84 BTR and 438 build-to-sell developments across eight UK cities. The message for BTR developers and operators is a positive one: new build developments are delivering for tenants with more than two-thirds of BTR developments getting ratings of more than 4 out of 5. So what does BTR have to offer that is resulting in such great reviews?

Residents talk positively about communication, reliability, personalised service, kindness and – parties! Being pet-friendly, having a concierge and gardens, as well as gyms and parking got top marks from tenants. It’s also clear that customer service and good building management really matter. Management isn’t perfect, with 10 of the 84 developments receiving a management rating of 3 or below. However, 26 developments are delivering an incredible building management service and have been rated 4.5 and above. These include schemes managed by Allsop, Essential Living, Fizzy Living, Way of Life, Greystar, be:here and Legal & General.

BTR management is being handled in different ways – from apps, third party suppliers and building managers all called ‘Bob’ – presumably to make them easy to remember! What is clear is how passionate residents can be about the management team on site. The people BTR operators employ appear to be their greatest investment and it is paying off.

The Trilogy in Manchester tops the list for the highest-rated BTR development in the UK and the city boasts three of the top ten rated schemes. The Cargo Building in Liverpool came in second, followed by Dressage Court, Sailmakers and Vantage Point in London. Schemes in Birmingham and Newcastle also made the top ten. When comparing the average ratings and scores from BTR tenants living in the regions to London, the regions scored higher on every rating.

The US rental market is already familiar with the power of reviews with 70% of renters deciding to visit a property with a higher reputation score and 73% saying reviews affected their decision to rent.

The UK BTR sector is growing at a faster rate than anyone predicted. Earlier this year Savills reported that by the end of Q1 2019, there were more than 140,000 BTR homes complete, under construction or in planning. This marks a 22% increase from 2018 and is a figure 13% higher than identified at the end of Q1 last year.

To find out more and to download the Homeviews report click here