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Is my property suitable for supported living? 


A row of terraced houses

I get asked the question "Is my property suitable for supposed living?" by property investors all the time and the honest answer is “probably”.  

I appreciate that is not very helpful! So, I thought it would be useful for me to explain in a little bit more to help you understand why I give that answer. 

I work with supported living providers of all types, they support tenants with a wide range of needs and because of this, it is very hard to give you a simple specification of kind of property that would suit everyone. There is no such thing as a typical supported living property.  

Some providers are looking for individual one or two bed flats in a standard block of flats, others are looking for a small house, some are looking for a larger detached family home, others for an HMO, some look for a whole block of one or two bed flats and others need a bungalow.  As you can see every type of property could be needed! 

I am hardly ever asked for very large HMO’s.  These are often a challenge to manage well and are less popular with providers, however there are a few specialist providers who do look for these properties.  

So what property do supported living providers ask me for?  A common theme is the need for properties to be in areas where there are amenities. Ask yourself can tenants walk to a shop? get to the GP? get on a bus or a train? is there a college or school nearby? In special circumstances providers may need property in a rural or remote area but it is far less common.


Always the property needs to be of good quality and to meet all the compliance requirements such as EPC, Electrical and Gas Safety certification. 

Basically, supported living providers vary and so there may be a provider looking for the type of property you own.  So, how do you work out if your property is suitable? Why not ask them?  I firmly believe building relationships with providers is the best way to get started in supported living property investing and means you can have these conversations directly with them. You can ask them the types of property they need at the moment and the areas they are looking for property and then work together to meet this need.  Click here for more information on The Supported Living Property Network.

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