Private Rental Select – clever cover for your build-to-rent schemes

Build-to-rent emerged from the 2008 global economic crisis as a new way to provide more homes for consumers either unable or unwilling to buy. Many schemes add modern services such as superfast broadband and locate in thriving neighbourhoods, making build-to-rent true communities of like-minded tenants.

In a post-pandemic world, that sense of community and “hassle-free living” will be more important than ever. Thus, build-to-rent presents a big opportunity for governments, developers and investors seeking reliable returns.

Until now, developers and contractors of build-to-rent schemes had to rely on commercial-type cover or private rental policies for each individual unit. With some schemes featuring 100 units and more, that is a lot of administration.

That is why LABC Warranty has created Private Rental Select, a structural warranty policy designed for build-to-rent.

How does Private Rental Select work?

Private Rental Select shares a lot of the DNA of our other structural warranty policies. It can include:

  • Cover for up to 12 years, backed by A-rated insurers for complete peace of mind
  • Cover for electrical and mechanical installations for five years from completion 
  • Continuous structure limits of up to £25m for new-builds, with higher limits available on request, and £5m for conversions
  • Contaminated land, alternative accommodation, additional fees and debris removal also included

Where it differs from our standard Private Rental policy is that it is designed for multiple rental units that you find in typical build-to-rent schemes.

So the contractor, developer or owner/investor is issued with a single policy covering the whole of the build-to-rent scheme. There is full risk transfer from Day 1, meaning there’s no need for contractors to sign complex indemnity agreements.

After two years from completion, the policyholder can sell all or any part of the development to new owners and the balance of warranty cover is transferred to them. Excesses can be varied through additional or reduced premiums and all transfer fees are known up front, so you can plan ahead. If you don’t transfer, there’s no fee to pay.

This makes Private Rental Select the ideal structural warranty cover policy for build-to-rent schemes that may be part of an owner’s or investor’s future divestment strategy, or where rent-to-own units are included.

Examples of Private Rental Select in use

PRS Example 1 - development retention

Example 1: The development is sold in its entirety to a new owner

PRS example 2 - sold to individual owners

Example 2: In this case, the developer sells to the individual unit residents

PRS example 3 - partial selling

Example 3: Here, the developer sells part of the development to individual residents and retains part

With appropriate planning and support, build-to-rent schemes can provide high-quality housing at scale that offers tenure security, encourages community and has a positive effect on neighbourhoods.

Private Rental Select offers a structural warranty solution to suit.

Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. 

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