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Allsop has invested in its specialist build to rent consultancy service with the appointment of Lesley Roberts as Executive Development Director of Allsop Letting and Management.

Previously PRS Director at Pinnacle Places, Lesley has over 10 years PRS block management experience and has advised developers, housing associations and institutional investors on the acquisition, design, build and operation stages of large scale PRS portfolios.

Lesley’s focus at Allsop will be on the performance management of residential assets to maximise returns and support long-term investment.

She is also Chair of Soho Housing Association and an active member of Women in Property.

Scott Tyler, Senior Partner said: “We are very pleased to welcome Lesley, who brings a real understanding of large-scale assets to our growing build to rent team. The professionalisation of build to rent management is long overdue and it’s crucial for anyone entering this expanding market to take expert advice, hence our commitment to create a specialised team.”

“Having started her career in the 5* hotel sector, Lesley also brings valuable hospitality experience, which is an important skill set given the focus on customer service in the build to rent sector. The key to making build to rent work as an investment is to have effective and strategic management on a large scale. This means investing in people and technology to ensure residents get an excellent service and to ensure business plans deliver the expected returns.”

Lesley Roberts, Executive Development Director adds: “Build to rent offers huge possibilities for developers and investors, particularly in the long term. We predict that by 2020, continued growth in this sector will see it much more established as an institutional grade investment in residential property. This new investment class isn’t like anything that’s gone before and will need to be appraised, valued, managed, bought and sold very differently from traditional PRS stock. Allsop is in a strong position to offer a holistic service to clients, from the initial consultancy stages through to delivery and management.”

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Allsop is an independent property consultancy with a market-leading reputation for high quality service, integrity and innovation. Known as the UK’s largest and most successful auction house, our success is built on over 100 years’ experience in commercial and residential property consultancy and sales.

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Allsop has been a specialist advisor to major investors in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) for over 30 years. Through Allsop Letting and Management, the UK’s largest independent residential investment manager, Allsop also offers a specialist property and asset management platform. Allsop’s dedicated build to rent team provides the latest market knowledge and a real understanding of large-scale, purpose-built assets. This team has helped to shape PRS / build to rent policy through industry professional bodies, for example, researching and co-writing “Invest to Rent” with London Councils and the BPF, and designing the BPF Private Rental Sector Initiative investment model.  Allsop is perfectly placed to advise investors, developers, landowners or funds on all aspects of build to rent opportunities throughout the UK, assisting to maximise returns, manage risk and support long-term investment.


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Charlotte Gold at Redleaf Communications on 0207 382 4729 or

Anna Jones, Residential Marketing and PR Manager at Allsop on 020 7543 6728 or