Lettings – Boutique Services

USAF & Corporate Relocation

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For tenants relocating from overseas or within the UK, whether for military or corporate reasons, we have all aspects of transition covered to ensure the smoothest of home moves. If you are looking at ways of improving your rental yield – Whatley Lane can provide you with the answers.


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Year Round Demand - excellent Rental Yield

Benefits of USAF for Landlords

Record monthly rental Yields comparative to other rental markets further afield and consequently record investment yields

Our experience shows from looking after countless USAF tenants across our substantial fully managed portfolio of rental properties that USAF tenants prefer landlords have property management in place with a local agent. Some have rental properties of their own in the US and are not only knowledgeable but comfortable with arms length handling of tenancies through an independent estate agent.

Reduced personal Finance Pressures

Bilateral agreements between the US and UK exist for visiting forces who are exempt from paying council tax liabilities, a further fixed monthly housing subsidy covers utility expenses such as heating and white goods such as fridges/washing machines/dryers are provided by the USG on a free loan basis;

Maintenance & repair recourse

In the rare instance of property management issues occurring during a tenancy, landlords have the ultimate recourse in the form of the base housing officers and commanding officer disciplining tenants.

Term Certain Income

Typically tours of service have a minimum duration of 3 years with the option of 1 or 2 year extensions and in some instances can last up to 10 years!

Reliable Cash Flow

Active USAF service members have their monthly rental cost covered by a housing allowance provided by the United States Government (USG) that is scalable based on their rank; effectively creating tenancies with a strong sovereign rated covenant

Higher than average rents

Comparative to other rental markets further afield and consequently record rental yields.

The total amount of money put into the local economy as a result of the presence of USAF bases.

Annual Economic Impact
$364M RAF Lakenheath
$213M Mildenhall

1 USAFE-AFAFRICA Economic Impact Analysis 2019 (August 2020)

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benefits Include

Our USAF Let Only and Elite Property Management service benefits include:

for relocation Agents
Corporate Relocation

Our corporate relocation service has years of experience working closely with relocation agents, property search agents, international businesses, human resource departments and universities and via our London office in association with FW Gapp

The regional economic powerhouse of nearby Cambridge continues to affect growing demand for rental accommodation outside of the city. The world-class University of Cambridge and celebrated science parks attract many international businesses including Astra Zaneca’s European (Research & Development) Headquarters and consequently all-year round demand for corporate lets. In addition to the burgeoning life sciences sector, there is growth in the local technology sector – a phenomenon dubbed ‘Silicon Fen’. Bury St. Edmunds and Newmarket present thriving business hubs with occupier tenants including Greene King, Bosch, Phillips, Treatt and Silver Spoon).

Landlords in West Suffolk and East Cambridgeshire benefit from a spill over of corporate tenants from the price prohibitive city centre in search of improved working lifestyles, more space, heightened outdoor amenity, good digital connections and commuting proximity.

Consultation on client briefs

Assistance to find and secure the most suitable homes.

alert to off-market rental opportunity

Provided early across our substantial portfolio of fully managed properties when tenancies end and become re-available.

Pre & post arrival

tenant orientation assistance.

Negotiation of terms

for corporate leases forming Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) or Company Let agreements.

HR support

for referencing.

Tenant concierge-style service

for ongoing support throughout the tenancy.
Cambridgeshire and Suffolk Location Facts

21 | Cambridge ranks within the Top 25 European Cities for foreign direct investment (Other leader positions include: London (1), Paris (2), Dublin (3), Warsaw (4), Amsterdam (5))

62% | UK marketshare growth in Life Science FDI projects in 2020 against 2019

2 European Cities and Regions of the Future 2020/2021 (Feb/Mar 2020)

3 EY 2021 UK Attractiveness Survey (Jun 2021)

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Questions And Answers

Lakenheath and Mildenhall are both sited in Suffolk and we recommend you take a look at our USAF facts for Landlords.

Whatley Lane are experienced in property search, international business and can assist you with corporate relocation.

If you prefer to contact us to talk through your options – we would be happy to help.