The perfect Habitat for Generation Rent to Be

According to the English Housing Survey, 46% of 25-34 years old now live in private accommodation and not under duress as new research from estate agency Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward (KFH) reveales that 71% of tenants are happy living in a rented home.

For a generation which doesn’t always feel the need to own anything, renting does have its perks.

Furnishing a home is no small expense. Research by Santander has revealed that the average first-time buyer spends £3,872 on furnishing their property, while the average first-time buyer in London has to fork out an eye-watering £5,495.

Those moving into rented accommodation have the opportunity to avoid these costs by opting for homes that are already furnished. However, many landlords put low cost ahead of style and quality when it comes to furnishing the apartments they rent out, leaving tenants with poor quality, cheap furniture that they would never choose themselves.

Be Living’s new be:here Hayes development offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments and be:here East India offers studios, one and two-bedroom apartments, all furnished by Habitat UK.

Hayley Wills, Area Manager, be:here Hayes said,

“Part of the be:here ethos is to offer our residents superb homes that provide them with style and comfort, as well as an excellent location. Renting – particularly in London – has become synonymous with cheap, low quality furniture. We’re turning that on its head by working with Habitat to give renters wonderfully stylish, high quality apartments that really feel like home”

The partnership between Be and Habitat sees each development and each apartment type reviewed in order to determine the best possible furniture for the space. Longevity is the starting point as furniture should last for life and not for just a few months.

Hollie Clarke of Habitat Interior Services comments,

“There’s definitely a sense that people are bored of low quality “white-flat-pack” fit outs of some furnished rental properties that turn out to be identical to their neighbours.”

“We’re seeing an emerging market that instead want home furnishings with real personality – with interesting design details, clever construction, exciting use of colour – and will make a rental property more individual and, as a result, more enjoyable to live in. These new apartments achieve that with considered layouts and contemporary, well-built designs that renters can be proud of.”

Each apartment includes contemporary designs from Habitat’s latest collection including statement dining tables, hand-made upholstery and sleek modern storage solutions that offers plentiful space for inhabitants to grow into the accommodation.

The be:here Hayes development has a friendly on-site team, 30 ft private gardens, generous balcony space and a communal roof terrace. The multi award-winning stylish development, just 300 yards from Hayes & Harlington station, soon to be served by Crossrail, also offers pet friendly homes specially designed for renting. Apartments are priced from £1,195 pcm with no agency, admin or referencing fees.

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