Today, 1st April 2016, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our latest proptech innovation; The ‘DroneHome’.
This future-focused housing concept will allow us to transport lightweight homes between cities across the UK, via drone, to better service the startup sector and its employees.
Daily life in Britain is changing, with startup communities springing up across the nation. And with these communities comes a sharing economy mentality alongside flexible and efficient technology platforms. Smart tech has seen companies like Uber and Airbnb trail blaze the rapid transformation of the taxi and hotel industries as we know them. The rise of shared workspaces and significant uplift in self-employed workers has increased the demand for new flexible ways of living and working and likewise, the housing market is ripe for similar innovation. There is no doubt that the UK’s collective economic future will be built around innovation that is not location centric, but instead around a highly skilled and transitory workforce that will want the benefits to enable their money and time to work harder.
This is why we’ll be working with leading engineering and architectural design partners to bring our DroneHome project to life over the next 10 years. Each location will have up to 1,200 homes which we will rent out to app developers, logistics workers, tech startup employees and other members of smart industries. Installation will be fast, and we’ll make sure the DroneHomes are well connected with local amenities and utilities including water, power and, critically, fibre broadband.
We hope our existing community of investors will welcome the new financial opportunities our DroneHome system will bring. Prospective property investors will be able to purchase one or more drone homes through a mortgage provided by Landbay, and become ‘Air-lords’, or else lend money to fund these mortgages and become ‘Air-investors’.
Additionally, today marks the first day of the 3% increase in stamp duty for second homes and buy-to-let properties. Just like houseboats, the Landbay DroneHome will not attract stamp duty charges, making direct or indirect investment even more attractive.