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Property Council of Australia backs built-to-rent model to tackle housing crisis

Build-to-rent apartments could be the ‘silver bullet’ the Australian housing market needs, chief executive says

By Robyn Willis
Thu, Apr 6, 2023 10:52amGrey Clock 2 min

Build-to-rent housing could deliver 150,000 new homes over a 10-year period, a new study released by the Property Council of Australia has revealed.

The report, commissioned by the Property Council and conducted by Ernst & Young over a five-month period to April 4 this year, showed that built-to-rent housing in Australia is now worth $16.8 billion but had the potential to become a $290 billion sector with the creation of 350,000 new apartments.

However, the report said a ‘viable’ market in Australia would likely require capital investment from foreign investors.

“The Government is to be commended for taking an interest in the Build to Rent sector, through the National Housing Accord and beyond,” the report said. “However, despite the numerous pilot projects, a viable market that is liquid enough to meet demand is still not realistic in Australia. 

“In order to create a viable market, capital investment is required which is likely originated from overseas foreign investors in the short to medium-term. As such, Australia needs to remove barriers to entry to allow the flow of foreign capital and the creation of a liquid and viable investment proposition.”

Among the report’s recommendations are offering incentives to local and international investors through tax breaks, allowing a 15 percent managed investment trust withholding tax rate for foreign investors and addressing the regulatory barriers for domestic Superfund investors.

Property Council of Australia chief executive Mike Zorbas said the build-to-rent was a key tool to addressing Australia’s housing crisis in the coming years.

“With a 79,300-home deficit to 2033, Australia needs better planning, more land supply, proper housing targets and a national strategy on build-to-rent and purpose-built student accommodation,” Mr Zorbas said.

“The potential to create 150,000 homes over the next 10 years with just one asset class shows build-to-rent is about as close to a housing policy silver bullet as they come.

He said Australia faces a worsening housing affordability crisis with State Governments missing their housing targets and planning systems failing to keep up. Supporting a build-to-rent model would also ease housing affordability pressures, Mr Zorba said.

“More supply means downward pressure on the cost of renting and buying, and people who live in build-to-rent housing will enjoy the benefits of professionally managed properties, good locations, superior amenities and long-term security of tenure,” he said. 

A relatively new model of housing in Australia, the NSW Department of Planning describes built to rent as “large-scale, purpose-built rental housing that is held in single ownership and professionally managed”. It’s a popular, long established model of housing in Europe where it made up one fifth of commercial housing in 2020, according to Canstar.

The Ernst & Young report said the Australian model should target Millennials and Generation Z, with a focus on young single and couple households.



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Designing Dreams: David Charette’s fascinating Spaces for Children’s Adventures

David Charette has teamed up with CIRCU Magical Furniture to design spaces that capture the essence of childhood wonder.

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This collaboration between David Charette, founder and principal of Britto Charette, and CIRCU Magical Furniture aims to stimulate the imaginations of children, encouraging them to invent their own tales of adventure. Drawing on his extensive travels, Charette believes that journeying through different cultures can spark creativity in young minds.

His latest venture uses a mix of luxury elements and magical themes, incorporating products from CIRCU, Covet House, and other vendors to create unique, enchanting children’s rooms. These spaces are designed to reflect the excitement and mystery of exploring new worlds.

The Sleeping are:

David Charette has transformed a Montreal residence into a magical sleeping area where time seems to pause, and adventures await. Known for its long, cold winters and short days, Montreal served as the perfect backdrop for Charette’s vision of a space that remains warm and bright throughout the year.

Central to the design is the concept of “light and bright,” brought to life using de Gournay‘s hand-painted wall coverings in fresh mint, decorated with flying butterflies. These elements beautifully complement the original shapes of the KOKET Nymph Wall Lamp and the organic curves of the CIRCU Tristen Bed.

Charette’s attachment to the Tristen Bed stems not only from its youthful appeal but also from its ergonomic design, which makes it easy for children to climb in and out of, enhancing both its functionality and charm.

The Bed:

Charette paired the modern lines of the bed with the unique design of the Boca do Lobo Wave Nightstand and the funky style of Delightfull’s Billy Table Lamp. By blending these contemporary pieces with the classic elements in the decor of this luxury kids’ room, Charette has crafted a unique space that breathes a natural breeze of inspiration into any child’s environment.

This combination not only adds aesthetic appeal but also stimulates the imagination, making the room a perfect sanctuary for creativity and dreams.

The seating area:

The room also includes a cozy seating area perfect for young readers. Centred around the CIRCU Dainty Armchair, this space is tailored for kids, with the chair’s delicate structure and elegant design enhancing the room’s charm. Its pink velvet upholstery adds a vibrant pop of color, enriching the room’s palette. To distinctly separate this reading corner from the rest of the sleeping area, Charette chose the Boca Do Lobo Gold Folding Screen from Covet House, which not only adds an element of privacy but also contributes a touch of sophistication to the space.

The Play and Study area:

David Charette aimed to create a space with an “Out of Africa” vibe to spark a child’s imagination and inspire a passion for lifelong adventures and travels. Drawing from fond memories of camping during his own childhood, Charette incorporated a Teepee Tent into the room’s design, allowing children to feel as they are camping in a forest right within their own bedroom.

This nature-inspired theme is beautifully complemented by the Fornasetti wall coverings from Cole & Son and the Filigree Cricket Wall Lamp, which are insect-shaped sconces by Boca do Lobo.

Adding to the ambiance, Charette notes, “The clouds on the ceiling further the idea of camping (in this case “glamping”) and dreaming, and the Circu Cloud Suspension lamps add to the dreamy camping vibe.”

To maintain this adventurous theme, Charette selected the CIRCU NODO Suspension Chair. It not only brings a hint of outdoor fun indoors with an elegant flair but also offers a comfy spot for kids to unwind and lose themselves in their favorite stories.

In his design, David Charette, of Britto Charette, focused on enhancing the sense of freedom and sparking children’s imaginations in their own space. He chose one of his favorite pieces from CIRCU, the Sky Desk, for its playful design and inspirational form. Shaped like an airplane, this desk not only becomes the central feature of playtime but also transforms homework into an exciting adventure. The unique design aims to captivate and motivate young minds, turning everyday tasks into a flight of imagination.

David Charette designed this luxury children’s room with the hope that it would inspire children to dream, play, and develop a deep respect for nature as they embark on their own adventures.

He crafted the room to be “transitional,” capable of evolving with a child from toddler years into adolescence. This design approach not only aims to create a lasting, imaginative space for children but also to show parents the value of investing in unique, high-quality pieces like those from Circu. These carefully chosen items stand out from mass-produced children’s designs, offering both aesthetic appeal and long-term utility.

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