Proptech firm unveils £1bn plan to retrofit 3,000 PRS homes

Proptech firm unveils £1bn plan to retrofit 3,000 PRS homes

IMMO estimates the work will save at least £25m in retrofitting costs

A property technology company has announced plans to invest £1 billion to buy and retrofit 3,000 private rented sector homes.

Backed by institutional investors, IMMO uses artificial intelligence and other technology to identify homes that offer ‘value-add’ opportunities, in this case properties that are not energy efficient.

It intends to buy 3,000 homes in the UK from private landlords by 2025 and bring them up to Energy Performance Certificate C standard. It will then manage the properties as a private landlord.

The firm has to date raised $2.5 billion from institutional investors to buy, retrofit and rent out 10,000 homes across Europe. And it estimates that its refurbishment work would save property owners or the government at least £25m in retrofitting costs.

An IMMO spokesperson said the firm has plans to raise an unspecified amount of additional capital on top of the $2.5bn.

Anna Clare Harper, head of sustainability at IMMO, said: “The built environment is one of the worst offenders when it comes to carbon emissions. Without a programme of mass retrofitting, the UK will not be able to meet its net-zero targets.

“Public investment and regulations play an important role in bringing Britain’s housing up to modern energy efficiency standards.

“The private sector plays an important role. Institutional investors such as pension funds and insurers are increasingly on the hunt for assets that produce reliable, long-term income streams to match their liabilities in a way that is socially and environmentally responsible.”

Back in November, Savills estimated that bringing the entirety of the UK’s housing stock up to modern energy efficiency standards will cost more than £300bn.

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