Sentinel Launches Kinleaf Management Platform for its Australian Build to Rent Communities27 February 2023
Sentinel Fund Manager Australia, the Australian arm of leading American development and real estate investment firm Sentinel Real Estate Corporation (Sentinel), has today launched Kinleaf, a dedicated property management platform for its Build to Rent apartment communities in Australia.
Kinleaf’s offering will provide Australians with a premium and sustainable rental experience. Each Kinleaf apartment community is thoughtfully designed exclusively for renters and offers a refined living experience focused on convenience, community and sustainability.
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.
Michael Streicker, President of Sentinel Real Estate Corporation said: “The launch of Kinleaf marks 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. 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,” said Mr. Streicker.
Kinleaf will continue the high standard of living and service delivered by Sentinel at its existing operational Build to Rent communities in Australia. This includes consistent, high-quality finishes and fixtures within each Kinleaf building; full energy-efficient appliance packages provided in all apartments, a wide variety of apartment floor plans available to suit different renter needs, and a pet-friendly approach.
Each Kinleaf community will target a range of leading 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 of communities 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. A range of resident education initiatives will be facilitated by on-site management teams to increase understanding among residents of the green systems available to them in their buildings and encourage participation.
To sustain a vibrant and engaged community, a number of opportunities for meaningful engagement and community-building will also be facilitated by the Kinleaf team – including the hosting of regular social events and activities for residents. Furthermore, Kinleaf communities are designed and operated to be more accessible to residents with different needs, both within and beyond the apartment walls.
In line with the launch of Kinleaf, Sentinel’s 172-apartment Build to Rent community in West Melbourne will be named The Briscoe by Kinleaf. Sentinel’s operational Element 27 Build to Rent apartment community in Subiaco, Perth, will also see its name evolve to The Elements by Kinleaf later this year.
In January this year, Sentinel announced the acquisition of a 1.4-hectare site for development in Robina on the Gold Coast. Sentinel plans to deliver approximately 300 premium rental apartments on the site, which will also be managed by Kinleaf.