Policies To Boost Rental Housing Could Attract Capital In Residential Real Estate

A dream can be of any form. It can be a cozy, compact apartment or an individual house with gardening space. Despite the availability of limitless properties in India, renting out or renting a space to live is still complicated. Out of nowhere, in one or the other way, a problem will wait to jump in front of you, not to mention the black marks smeared on this aspect.

Unlike commercial real estate, which has attracted foreign capital and has led to development of the REITs (real estate investment trusts) market in India, the rental market in the residential sector continues to languish for lack of formalisation, keeping investors at bay. Rental yields in the residential asset class are at much lower levels compared to commercial projects. While the commercial sector in India enjoys annual rental yields in the range of 6-8%, yields in the residential sector are far more anaemic in a 2-3% range. Rental yield is defined as annual rent as a ratio of the property price after deducting all expenses. If policies and framework are developed for encouraging the rental residential market, yields could become attractive and the potential to attract foreign capital will be large. According to the last estimates by the IMF, India’s residential rental market was worth over $20 billion, of which 68%, or $13.5 billion, is in urban areas. However, the largely unorganised and informal nature of the rental housing market has made it tough to arrive at the actual market size despite holding a massive potential to address a part of the housing shortage in India, according to findings by Knight Frank India. Niranjan Hiranandani, founder, Hiranandani Group, believes that mobile workforce to different job centres, in search of exploring multiple opportunities, will encourage emerging platforms like co-living and student housing. “Therefore there is a need to provide additional housing to create ready services apartments as a new business model,” he said. Archaic rent control acts, no rental housing industry body, absence of a regulatory backbone to formalise rental housing and legacy disputes surrounding landlord and tenant equation, were some of the reasons affecting rental housing in India. However, with the new Rental Policy passed by the Central Government and Respective state Governments along with the changing mindset of people, who increasingly prefer to live in rented accommodations rather than own a house, industry experts say the time is ripe for the rental residential market takes off in India. The new rental housing policy, addresses all the issues plaguing the rental market due to which residential sale demand would certainly increase.
Author: Shubhra Tandon

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