A large untapped rental demand
Compared to cities like Helsinki, Berlin, or New York, the St Petersburg apartment rental market is at a formative stage in terms of depth, product, and services. Whereas in New York 70% of people rent a place to live, in Berlin up to 90%, and in Helsinki over 50%, the share of rented apartments in St Petersburg is only 20-30%, and the professionally operated share is negligible. Due to a low presence of institutional investors and real estate funds, most investment in this asset class is by private investors investing independently in individual apartments. As the city keeps attracting new residents and the sharing culture of mobility and flexibility is taking hold, the demand for modern rental apartments will keep growing.