Surge in demand for secure, lock up and leave London homes boosts capital’s Build to Rent appeal

Surge in demand for secure, lock up and leave London homes boosts capital’s Build to Rent appeal

  • Demand for lock up and leave homes increasing (be:here)
  • Average number of holidays abroad rose to 1.7 per person in 2017 (Statista)
  • Build to Rent homes with onsite management offer the ideal solution


Innovative developer be:here as revealed a surge in demand for ‘lock up and leave’ property in London.

The finding ties in with data from Statista, which shows that the average person increased their number of holidays abroad from 1.4 in 2016 to 1.7 in 2017. With London’s airports serving such a wide range of destinations, those travelling overseas for both work and pleasure are looking to ensure that their homes remain safe while empty. And for many, a purposefully designed Build to Rent home is the answer.

“Today’s housing schemes have to think carefully about the needs of their residents, particularly as the convenience of international travel means that our modern lifestyle often involves trips overseas, whether for business or pleasure. This is even more true for developments that are within reach of international airports, as easy travel abroad is often a key benefit for those living there.”

Hayley Wills, Area Manager, be:here Hayes


New purposely-designed Build to Rent developments such as The Gatefold Building from be:here located in Hayes, just 4 miles from Heathrow International Airport, present a unique opportunity to cater to the requirements of those who prioritise security as a result of leaving their property empty regularly. Flight crew, for example, have to regularly leave their homes unoccupied whilst at work, so security is a particularly important issue.

At The Gatefold Building, security is a top priority. The development is gated and provides an on-site concierge and management team. The groups of air crew in residence at The Gatefold Building benefit from having peace of mind when it comes to the security of their homes while they’re working. Knowing there’s always someone on hand to keep an eye on things is immensely reassuring, particularly in an urban environment as vast as London.

The lock up and leave benefits of Build to Rent accommodation apply equally to those who travel on business regularly, as do the additional rewards of living at the award-winning Gatefold Building. These include tenancies of up to three years in length, low deposits (just one month’s rent), pet-friendly homes, free super-fast 30 mbps broadband, regular social events and Habitat furnishings. Soon, tenants will also be able to take advantage of on-site Laundry Republic lockers, meaning that they can take care of their dry cleaning from home with ease.

“Build to Rent is well positioned to serve those who need to lock up and leave their homes regularly. Here in Hayes, The Gatefold Building is ideally located for London Heathrow, so all those who use the airport for work or travel are able to benefit from the security that a contemporary Build to Rent development provides.”

Hayley Wills, Area Manager, be:here Hayes


Stylish apartments at be:here Hayes are available from £1,195 pcm for one bedroom and from £1,450 for two. Every home comes with either a garden or a balcony.

For the latest availability and any questions, please contact the be:here Hayes team directly on 0203 845 4796 or visit