Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Property Consultants

Co-living, like car-pooling and co-working, is the result of demand for more evolved rental housing solutions coming from millennials, students and young working professionals whose choices differ vastly from those of previous generations.

Currently, this new accommodation option is most popular with young and unmarried millennials aged anywhere between 20-30 years. Professionals who don’t live with their families in the city of work are also considering this option.

Co-living provides such individuals with a way to circumvent the isolation and loneliness that is often integral to a hectic, driven urban experience.

While the primary demand for co-living spaces currently comes from such tenants, the concept itself is a lot more ‘accommodating’. In fact, the future may very possibly see demand for co-living solutions coming single seniors, as well.

Cities such as Pune, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, and Mumbai first saw this new concept emerge in force, and it is now also taking root in smaller cities such as Lucknow and Jaipur – basically, in cities with a large student and millennial workforce population.

So, How Is Co-Living Different?

High time to fully explore and unbox its massive potential

Anuj Puri, Chairman – Anarock Property Consultants

Several breakthrough reforms with pertinence to the Indian real estate sector saw the light of the day over the last one year.

Be it demonetization – the Government’s ‘surgical strike’ against black money – the revolutionary RERA or the unified tax regime of GST – all bore the power of rendering the Indian real estate sector more transparent and professional.

The upward trajectory of consumer sentiment is a strong indicator that the market has responded well to these reforms. The incumbent Government has embarked on a determined journey to transform the Indian realty sector into a more wholesome industry.

While the primary and secondary residential markets undoubtedly benefited from the plethora of reforms, the rental market has also received a shot in the arm. Various reforms and announcements made over the last one year can potentially boost this crucial segment of the Indian real estate sector:

  • April 2017: An End to Fake Rent Receipts

Under Section 10(13A) of the Income Tax Act,