- Size matters when it comes to renting in the capital
- London’s Tipi showcases the value and services that build to rent can offer
- Spacious homes, hotel-inspired service and trendy social spaces available from £1,700 pcm
Say the words ‘build to rent’ and many people picture miniscule, pod-style homes with tenants packed in like sardines. However, lifestyle-focused rental operator Tipi, based in Wembley Park, shows there is an alternative, even in superbly well connected parts of London.
Michael Allen, PRS Director at Tipi, explains,
“Build to rent is still an emerging concept in the UK and it’s exciting to be able to shape what the term is going to mean for future generations of tenants. At Tipi we’re delighted to be able to show just how much our customers can get for their money; from the spacious nature of the apartments, to the hotel-inspired service and facilities that residents have at their disposal as well as ultra-fast enabled broadband throughout. It’s about building value into the concept as it takes shape in the UK.”
At Wembley Park, build to rent means well designed, high specification apartments ranging from studios to three bedroom homes, all with exceptional service and a professional landlord you can trust. Living space is open plan, with rooms flowing beautifully into each other and into the outside spaces (almost all apartments come with either a balcony or a terrace and some open out onto the acre of private landscaped gardens). Storage space is built in for a clutter-free life. Bedrooms are full size and bathrooms are spacious.
The generously sized apartments are supplemented by a range of superior shared features. There’s the Nest, a social space which is perfect for working from home or relaxing in the comfortable seating, an HD TV with Sky Sports and superfast 100 Mb/s broadband. Then there’s the more social Deckhouse, with its pool table, kitchenette, HD TV with Sky Sports, 100 Mb/s broadband and an outdoor terrace. The spaces can be used informally and also reserved for special occasions. An on-site cinema room and residents-only gym are due to be added in the autumn.
That is not all though. At Wembley Park the build to rent concept also incorporates a plethora of services and amenities. There’s a dedicated on-site Tipi team to provide information and support, a concierge to sign for parcels and assist with queries, and the MyTipi portal to help with everything from arranging a cleaner to having your dry cleaning and laundry done. Within each apartment and included in the rent 40 Mb/s broadband is available from the moment the customer moves in, and the option to upgrade to 100Mb/s or event 1Gb/s is open to everyone at a reasonable cost. Utility bills are also included in the rent and there are no agency fees.
Surprisingly, such a comprehensive service is available from as little as £1,700pcm, which is incredible considering Wembley Park’s location – residents can travel to Baker Street in 12 minutes, Marylebone in 9 and a whole range of central London stations within 20 minutes. There are direct Over and Underground routes from Wembley Park, Wembley Stadium and Wembley Central stations.
Tipi also showcases the flexibility that the build to rent sector offers. Tenancy agreements offer a range of terms and are adaptable in case current tenants wish to upsize or downsize. They suit singles, families and sharers (the two bedroom/two bathroom apartment is particularly well suited to professional sharers due to its layout).