Sentinel Fund Manager Australia, the Australian arm of US real estate investment firm Sentinel, has launched Kinleaf, a Build-to-Rent platform in Australia.

Kinleaf will be rolled out across existing and future communities in Sentinel’s Australian Build to Rent portfolio, which currently contains more than 1,300 units under various stages of development and operation.

Sentinel’s 172-apartment BTR asset in Melbourne will be rebranded The Briscoe by Kinleaf, while its operational asset in Perth will be renamed The Elements by Kinleaf later this year.

In January this year, Sentinel announced the acquisition of a 1.4-hectare site for development on the Gold Coast, with plans to deliver approximately 300 Kinleaf rental apartments.

Sentinel Real Estate Corporation President Michael Streicker said the launch of Kinleaf marked the next stage of Sentinel’s growth in Australia.

“We’re proud to have been the first organisation to establish a purpose-built institutional Build to Rent community here in 2019 and introduce Australians to a new way of renting,” Streicker said.

Sentinel Real Estate Corporation President Michael Streicker

“Now, our focus is on continuing to grow a national portfolio of premium and well-located rental communities that deliver greater housing choices for more Australians and strong, long-term returns for investors. This will be enhanced by Kinleaf’s clearly defined and tailored offering.

“Kinleaf’s offering is grounded in providing a living experience that is focused on the renter, prioritises sustainability outcomes, and supports the creation of vibrant and engaged communities.

“Our experienced on-site management and maintenance teams, streamlined leasing process, and thoughtfully curated lifestyle and wellness amenities are just some of the ways we’re delivering an overall more refined rental experience.”

The Kinleaf communities will target a range of sustainability benchmarks for the Australian built environment including carbon neutral certification, a minimum 5 Star Green Star rating, and a minimum 8-Star average NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) rating.

Initiatives to increase the environmental performance will include solar energy and rainwater reuse strategies, electric vehicle charging stations, the selection of high-quality and durable materials with certified low environmental impacts, and enhanced waste management strategies.