Welcome to the new age private rental boom! Driven by a high service-led culture, the Build to Rent market is huge. Modern buildings with an extensive range of products and services on offer are enticing young professionals to live in luxury – adding value to their living space so they don’t need to spend their money elsewhere.

A report earlier this year from the Resolution Foundation said one in three millennials (they’re the people who were born after 1981) will never own their own home. Increased educational debt, a trend of delaying starts to family life and rising house prices are just a few of the reasons home ownership has declined in recent years.For many people, it isn’t such a bad thing. Thousands are ‘choosing’ to rent, rather than ‘having’ to rent, and are doing so in style

Live Like an Olympian

The Olympic legacy wasn’t just about inspiring people to play sport. It’s helped to transform part of London. The athletes’ village from 2012 has been converted into luxury rented accommodation in what’s now described as ‘London’s hippest postcode’.Almost 6,000 people call East London Village their home after developers renovated the once-dilapidated area into purpose-built accommodation complete with services to match. With an emphasis on wellbeing, the flats have been built with community in mind with regular activities taking place in communal areas. The village’s 23 shops, 67 acres of parkland, 35 km of paths, three play parks and outdoor gym are just seven minutes away from the capital’s hustle and bustle.

Virtual Concierge

We can do most things through our phones these days so it’s not surprising that those managing these properties are enabling their customers to manage their tenancies – and even their social lives – through innovative IT solutions.Many property managers are using apps and portals to collaborate with third-party providers, integrating services in their local neighbourhoods. As well as paying their rent, reporting a repair and managing their utilities, residents can also book cab rides, organise dinner reservations, sort a valet service, arrange their gym classes, track parcel deliveries and manage visitor arrangements. The app can even be the key to your property.Space-saving Build to Rent developer Moda Living cut down on the amount of parking facilities attached to properties and launched an innovative partnership with Uber as they strive to build sustainable communities. Residents not taking up a parking option received up to £100 each month in credit to spend on Uber rides with the free space created around their pads as a result being transformed into other facilities such as gyms, cinemas and swimming pools.

Raise the Family

In line with wanting to build a community rather than just a complex, developer Greystar is putting family life at the forefront of its latest development in London. Alongside its 1,400 rented homes, shops and office spaces are a new primary school, a nursery and even a health centre.

And Don’t Forget the Dog

Pet-friendly rental brand Fizzy not only allows furry friends in their homes, but actively welcomes them. Their designated ‘pet stations’ are equipped with everything you’ll need to make tails wag.

And the one thing that connects them all? Each come with superfast broadband as standard, making lives that little bit easier. Wi-Fi is no longer a luxury – it is a necessity that’s equal in importance to water, electricity, and other essential utilities – and they expect it to be available from the moment they move into a new building. Therefore, it’s a surprising fact that 83% of millennials had to wait longer than a week to be connected at their current property.

With millennials increasingly working from home and having lifestyles that rely on having superfast connectivity as standard, property developers would be wise to develop and invest in buildings that reflect the reality of today’s need for fast, reliable Wi-Fi. In a survey of 500 young professionals, 96% found going without the internet to be the most frustrating part of moving home, far exceeding the second place 84% who said moving their belongings. With the newest crop of ‘Build-to-Rent’ properties coming to market, top-tier Wi-Fi needs to come as a standard from day one, reflecting the developers’ awareness of needs of their renters.

Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI™)

Glide Residential’s SFI™ is a full fibre, landlord broadband solution that provides a fast and simple way to cable a building, specifically designed for the Build-to-Rent (BTR) sector. With SFI™, buildings are future-proofed for the next 25 years, as there are no restrictions on what can be delivered via fibre. SFI™ also enables the provision of many smart technology services such as Wi-Fi controlled lighting and heating, door entry, CCTV, digital signage, smart metering, and SkyQ. SFI™ helps add rental value, whilst reducing operational costs, and is designed with developers, landlords, and their residents in mind.

Managed Internet Service

With Glide Residential, you can also benefit from a fully managed internet service for private rented residents and fully managed internet solutions. What this means is everything is managed from the cabling, to launch, to ongoing 24/7/365 support.

Complete managed broadband services from a single provider. The network is monitored around the clock to ensure everything is running smoothly, and each customer has their own dedicated service manager as one single point of contact to provide everything you need.

Get in touch with a member of our team to find out how we can enhance your Build-to-Rent (BTR) development.

Call us on 03333 800 800 or drop us an email at glideresidential@glide.co.uk, or find out more details on our website https://glidebusiness.co.uk/connectivity-and-smart-solutions/sfi/