UK SFA integrates into the ARL

The integration of the UK SFA into the ARL will collaborate the experience and expertise of both organisations and its members.

The UK SFA has combined its expertise with the ARL, as it integrates to create one unified voice for the single-family sector | BTR News
The UK SFA has combined its expertise with the ARL, as it integrates to create one unified voice for the single-family sector.

Membership organisation for the single-family rental (SFR) sector across the UK – the UK Single Family Association (UK SFA) – announces that it will integrate with the Association for Rental Living (ARL) – who represents all institutionally backed, professionally managed purpose-built rental living sectors including urban and suburban single-family and multifamily rental, co-living and later living, as of 10 June 2024. The intention of the move aims to create a single representative body.

As of 10 June, existing UK SFA memberships will be transferred to the ARL, with proposals underway to integrate UK SFA Board members into the ARL governance and committee structure to make best use of their experience and specialisation.

“The UK SFA has helped raise the profile of SFR, which the ARL (as UKAA) has been representing since its formation in 2016.  As SFR has grown and developed, the sector has now asked for a consolidated voice and this move creates that focal point in representing SFR in the UK.”

Brendan Geraghty, CEO, ARL

UK SFA Chairman and Founder Richard Berridge will become Special Advisor for single-family housing (SFH) for the ARL, utilising his impressive forty years’ experience in the residential agency, development, investment industries and SFH sector.

The ARL Single Family Housing committee, chaired by Managing Director of Legal & General’s Suburban Build to Rent business David Reid, will integrate the UK SFA, along with the previously announced integration of the British Property Federation’s single-family working group.

This will create a unified and stronger voice for the sector, continuing both UK SFA’s and the ARL’s strong relationships with the BPF.

“The majority of the country’s rental homes are houses, rather than apartments, and demand is growing in all areas, not just in urban centres. SFR brings quality, secure choices for households who need more reliable rental options to suit their circumstances.

“It can also catalyse the wider delivery of all types of homes. We want to play a full part in addressing the housing crisis, and joining forces with the ARL will enable our mission of delivering ‘more homes, everywhere, for everyone’ to be boosted and strengthened into the future.”

Richard Berridge, CEO, UK SFA

The ARL has already brought together investors and operators of single-family houses with the house builders who deliver them, to create mutual understanding and collaboration, establishing long-term partnerships for new home delivery that meets the needs for professionally managed homes.

Following the integration of the UK SFA, the combined focus will be on driving engagement with policy makers and local authorities to improve understanding of the quality, diversity and value of suburban Build to Rent delivery in providing high quality rental houses that meet local market needs.

“The combination of the two organisations and their memberships will create a stronger platform for raising the profile and the recognition of the SFR sector. Together we shall promote its growth and development, highlighting the increased potential of SFH for demographic and geographic diversity, as well as its specific social purpose.”

Brendan Geraghty, CEO, ARL