On Wednesday 27 May, in the Committee’s E-ROOM virtual events space we welcomed 126 guests representing 102 member, stakeholders and guest organisations to our forum on Build-to-Rent (BTR).
Our speakers included: Mark Dawson, Director, Urbis; Tim Chislett, Partner elect, Allens; and Adam Hirst, General Manager, Build-to-Rent, Mirvac. Moderated by Leanne Edwards, Director, Policy and Research, Committee for Melbourne, we heard an insightful discussion exploring the impacts that COVID-19 will have on the housing market and specifically the BTR, and then looked beyond the immediate challenges in the marketplace to understand the opportunity that BTR represents in the road to recovery.
The discussion highlighted that BTR offers unique opportunities for consumers in the new social and economic environment. As the way people live and work changes, and as consumer preferences increasingly move towards higher density living, BTR offers an opportunity to create meaningful change. However, both state and federal governments need to consider policy settings to facilitate BTR, including taxation and planning reforms.
You can watch the event here