Only 11% of MPs would prioritise the development of new build-to-rent (BTR) homes in their constituencies, a survey has revealed.

According to the research from Cavendish Consulting and YouGov, when asked about their constituency housing focuses, MPs across all parties ranked BTR homes  7th out of eight listed housing options in terms of priority.

The survey found that 14% of Conservatives and 10% of Labour MPs would prioritise BTR homes in their constituency, while 63% of Conservative MPs prioritised private sale housing and Labour MPs were more likely to prioritise council housing and social rent homes.

With over half of all BTR homes in the capital, the research also revealed that no London-based MPs considered BTR to be a top priority.

Although over half (58%) of MPs expressed support for an increase in BTR homes in their constituencies, a significant portion (one-third) remained uncertain about their stance.

Max Camplin, Executive Director at Cavendish, said: “Our research shows there is clearly a lack of prioritising the development of BTR homes at a national level. Every day there are stories emerging from the private rented sector – where people are paying expensive rent for a property that doesn’t meet their needs. Not only is this impacting them financially, but also their mental and physical wellbeing.

“Compared to some of the rental market which can be poor quality and sometimes badly managed, BTR provides good quality, safe, and sustainable rented homes to suit a wide range of income levels. We know that MPs want the best for their constituents and communities, therefore there’s clearly more the property industry can do to communicate the benefits of BTR.

“It is clear that BTR can play a vital role in addressing Britain’s housing crisis, yet demand still massively outstrips supply, meaning renters across the country are losing out on the benefits of BTR.

“As our research shows, national politicians do not prioritise the sector, with six other housing types prioritised by MPs. The unrealised investment in new BTR homes is damaging to Britain’s housing market, holds back growth, and continues to see too many people renting in unsuitable and poorly managed rental accommodation.

“The sector is still largely misunderstood by policy-makers and decision-makers and greater awareness is needed, particularly as we approach a General Election. All eyes are on the political parties to define their visions to address the lack of housing supply. For the BTR sector, now is the time to address the lack of awareness, tackle the misconceptions, and put the  sector at the centre of a housing revolution in Britain.”

You can download the full report on BTR here.