We are pleased to send you the June 30, 2022 Management Report of Alignvest Student Housing Real Estate Investment Trust (“ASH REIT”).
We continue to experience high inflation in Canada, with the inflation rate rising to 8.1% in June 2022. We are seeing that student housing provides very effective protection against inflation due to the natural, high turnover of student leases. For the 2022/2023 academic year, we are executing leases at rental rates that are 3% to 23% higher than the previous year. We also continue to experience very strong pre-leasing, with our portfolio being over 94% leased for September 2022 (compared to 76% at this time last year). The demand for high quality beds continues to be very strong and our portfolio is performing as expected.
In response to high inflation, the Bank of Canada continues to increase benchmark interest rates. We are pleased to have stable and attractive financing in place, with no material near-term financing requirements. With respect to potential acquisitions, we have been building up a robust cash reserve on our balance sheet to focus on acquiring strategic, high-quality acquisitions. We are seeing previously unavailable properties become available for purchase, providing us with the potential opportunity to further expand our portfolio across new markets.
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