The U.K. property industry has been talking about it for many years but perhaps the time has finally come: U.S.-style securitized real estate investment trusts (REITs) could be on their way to Britain.

Property experts and lobbyists are convinced that the U.K. government is being won over to the idea, primarily as a way to increase investment in Britain's private residential sector but also as a boost to investment in the commercial property sector.

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