A new report by City analysts Peel Hunt says that the private rented sector has become one of the “hottest UK property niches”, and that the “race for scale” in the sector has only just begun.

The report, ‘Real Estate: A Game Of Two Halves’, looks only at listed property companies and gives a ‘buy’ rating for Grainger, the UK’s largest landlord.

The report says there is “huge interest” in the private rented sector from both United Kingdom and North American funds, and yet the PRS is under-represented in terms of the stock market…

While the Government has become notorious for private landlord bashing over the last couple of years, it has been encouraging of institutional ‘build to rent’ schemes and landlords.