Build to Rent Agenda

08:30

09:00

GOVERNMENT AND POLICY 

09:10

  • Redfern Communities Plus – Australia’s first ever Build-to-Rent housing model to integrate social and affordable housing with housing supply for the broader community 
  • How Build-to-Rent can help bridge the housing gap in the NSW market 
  • Providing long-term leasing of state land to support the emergence of the Build-to-Rent sector in NSW 

09:40

  • How the UK government is supporting the growth of the BTR sector with the National Planning Policy Framework 
  • The role of local authorities and housing associations as developers, landowners and planning authorities in the BTR sector 
  • How BTR is filling a gap between Build-to-Sell and the Buy to Let-dominated private rented sector 

10:10

10:30

DRIVING GROWTH IN THE BUILD-TO-RENT SECTOR 

10:50

  • How government regulatory reform and financial incentives can drive the growth of the BTR sector in Australia 
  • Creating the scale and capacity for financial return and overcoming tax challenges in the build to rent sector  
  • Shifting the market’s mindset to one where long-term renting is seen as a desirable lifestyle choice 

11:40

  • Role of government policy intervention in helping make BTR a vehicle for affordable housing in Australia  
  • Design configurations to facilitate affordable housing within BTR projects 
  • Targeting low and middle-income earners

12:10

INVESTOR PERSPECTIVE  

01:10

  • Advocating for the government to allow institutional investment in build-to-rent (BTR) to receive the same tax treatment applied to affordable housing and student accommodation 
  • Revising land tax so it does not unfairly disadvantage BTR developments 
  • Preventing GST leakage 

01:40

  • Developing a coordinated tax approach between State and Federal government in order to allow BTR projects to succeed 
  • Ensuring long-term rental income flows from BTR developments for institutional investors  
  • How superannuation funds can drive investment in the BTR sector 

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: SUCCESSFUL BTR PROJECTS IN AUSTRALIA 

02:30

02:50

  • Introduction to Sentinel Real Estate Corporation 
  • The Australian Opportunity 
  • Element 27 in Subiaco, Perth 

03:20

  • Transitioning the Commonwealth Games Village to one of Australia’s first operational BTR projects 
  • Management of The Smith Collective and harnessing its superior resources to provide a high quality of life and sense of community for residents 

03:50

  • Pioneering the growth of the co-living sector in Sydney with properties in Marrickville and Newtown
  • Providing affordable, flexible and secure living spaces with a strong sense of community in major Australian cities 
  • Hmlet as the partner of choice for developers and investors seeking to enter the co-living sector in Australia  

04:20

04:30

09:00

DELIVERING BTR 

09:10

  • Assessing the growth of the Australian private rental sector 
  • Understanding the reasons for renting and the factors influencing locational choice 
  • Comparing the motivations of different types of tenants using Kinght Frank's survey data 
  • Providing evidence on the attractiveness of different property amenities - what are tenants prepared to pay more for?

09:40

  • Assessing the market, including demographic profiles of households 
  • Understanding what your customer wants with respect to living in a BTR development 
  • Positioning your developer brand as a service brand and managing your corporate reputation 

10:20

WHAT BTR CAN LEARN FROM OTHER HOUSING SECTORS 

10:40

  • Renter-operator relationships and on-site management 
  • Using branding to attract customers 
  • Provision of high-quality amenities 

DESIGNING FOR BUILD TO RENT 

11:10

  • Importance of the construction company via Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) 
  • Exceeding industry standards in safety, efficiency and quality 
  • Ensuring our BTR projects meet clients’ value drivers – environmental, social and financial 

11:50

  • Ensuring BTR projects are built to scale 
  • Matching amenities with the demographics of BTR developments 
  • Providing high-quality communal spaces, strong environmental performance and materials and finishes designed for low maintenance 

12:20

  • How local councils and developers can collaborate to drive urban regeneration in our cities 
  • How BTR developments can play a key role in attracting a range of people to our towns and cities to create vibrant communities 
  • Driving faster occupancy rates compared to build-to-sell  

12:50

01:50

  • Incorporating sustainable design measures from the early planning stage 
  • Extending the benefits of energy efficiency and self-generation to renters  
  • How the BTR market can create greater incentive for developers and owners to have a “whole of lifecycle” approach 

02:20

  • Importance of market research in ensuring that BTR projects are designed according to client and end-user needs 
  • Ensuring that buildings have the requisite integrity that tenants expect for a high quality of life 
  • Designing BTR developments for longevity and flexibility 

03:10

03:30

  • Key takeaways from the conference 
  • Next steps to grow the BTR sector in Australia 
  • Plan of action 

04:30

04:40