Hearthstone Residential Fund 1
Hearthstone Residential Fund 1 (HRF1) was designed for institutional investors seeking a strategic allocation to high quality private rented residential assets in the UK. It invests in selected areas where strong rental demand is expected to provide the basis for a reliable, stable income stream offering good inflation protection. Our strategy also seeks to identify under-supplied markets where healthy consumer demand is expected to support capital growth over the long term.
Launched in 2017, HRF1 achieved its final close at just over £200 million in February 2019, with the backing of seven UK local government pension funds.
The Fund’s objective is to provide a strong, stable income return, supplemented by modest capital growth over the life of the Fund. Income is distributed to investors, after deduction of operating costs and expenses.
The Fund achieved its final close in February 2019 exceeding its target with just over £200m committed.
Fund Structure and Governance
The Fund is structured as an English Limited Partnership, a widely used and tax transparent structure. It is closed-ended, with a life of 10 years.
Governance of the Fund is based on industry best practice principles. An independent Investment Committee is mandated to review and approve the Fund’s Investment Plan and all transactions. An investor-led Advisory Committee reviews operational matters and acts as a formal communication forum with the Fund’s management team.
Langham Hall Fund Management LLP operates as the external third-party AIFM.
The Fund’s strategy is to acquire and actively manage good quality, market-rented residential stock in areas with strong rental demand across the UK, including a mix of low-rise apartment blocks and clusters of houses.
Acquisitions include bulk purchases of newly-built stock from housebuilders and standing investment assets. Stock selection focuses on efficient-to-manage, readily-lettable flats and houses, typically ranging from one to four bedrooms, particularly suitable for young professionals, families and key workers in areas of solid rental demand and good local infrastructure, but where there is a lack of suitable quality rented housing stock.
The appropriate level of diversification is achieved through a combination of the Fund’s scale and strategy to ensure exposure across the UK.
The investment style is core: HRF1 is unleveraged and does not take development risk. Investments are made for the long term to limit turnover costs. Nevertheless, it seeks to exploit opportunities to add value through active asset management and through strategic rebalancing.