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If you build it, they will rent

It’s only a matter of time before Build to Rent makes its mark on Australian residential development. But what will that mean for the design process?

Architects's rendering of a build-to-rent development's entrance
Giving people the opportunity to interact is likely to be a key feature of build-to-rent design. Photo: Shutterstock

Already a significant success in the US and the UK, build-to-rent development flips the idea of selling all the apartments in a residential development in favour of investors retaining ownership and leasing dwellings with long-term tenancies. 

Often situated close to public transport or employment hubs, these developments offer improved access to jobs, a high level of amenity, and increased emphasis on the importance of community within the deve…