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Urban Logistics sees rental income jump, with warehouses in demand

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<p>Urban Logistics owns warehouses across the UK</p> (Urban Logistics)

Urban Logistics owns warehouses across the UK

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Urban Logistics said its rental income soared during the pandemic, as the warehousing landlord experienced high tenant demand for space during a period when online orders jumped.

Chairman Nigel Rich said: “During the worst periods of the pandemic, the high streets were empty with shops and hospitality closed in the successive lockdowns. Household needs were provided by e-commerce. Life will return to the high streets but the trend towards e-commerce, which preceded the pandemic, is likely to continue.”

The company counts Amazon and a number of third-party logistics firms among its tenant base.

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Urban Logistics posted net rental income of £22.9 million for the year to March, up from £12.2 million. It said that was driven by rent increases on a comparable basis and from new properties that were purchased.

It agreed a number of acquisitions during the period, contributing to the value of the estate jumping to £508 million from £207 million.

During the year more than 99% of rent due has been collected. 

Unlike other parts of the commercial property market, such as high street retail, where a number of landlords have struggled to collect payments due to Covid-19 disruption, warehouse investors have had more success.  

Miranda Cockburn, real estate analyst at house broker Panmure Gordon, said: “The urban logistics sub-sector remains well-placed to benefit from ongoing tenant demand and we expect further rental growth given limited supply of space.”

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