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Politics Vacant New York office space reaches highest level since 1994

01:05  23 april  2021
01:05  23 april  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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The office vacancy rate in Manhattan has hit its highest level since 1994 and will likely hit "unprecedented levels" in the near future, a report from a global real estate firm has found.

a tall building: Vacant New York office space reaches highest level since 1994 © Getty Images Vacant New York office space reaches highest level since 1994

CNN reports the global real estate service firm Cushman & Wakefield found that the office vacancy rate in Manhattan reached 16.3 percent in the first quarter of 2021, up from 11.3 percent a year ago.

The company said it expects the rate to continue to rise to "unprecedented levels in the coming months" and drive down asking rents "substantially."

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CNN notes that Manhattan's overall asking price for rent has decreased for the past two consecutive quarters. However, one expert told CNN that the drop in price may not be entirely attributable to a drop in demand.

"Landlords have adjusted their expectations and are already being much more aggressive than they were before COVID," Michael Cohen, regional president of the real estate company Colliers International, told CNN. "But their specific reactions depend on their individual circumstances. For example, developers of newer office buildings are more likely wait to make deals if they don't want to lower their rents further."

In December it was reported that the amount of available office space in Manhattan had reached the highest level seen since 2003. At the time, only 790,000 square feet of office space was being leased in Manhattan, indicating an 80 percent decrease from December of 2019.

"Landlords across the city, but particularly in Manhattan, have to be willing to face some really hard hits if they want to fill their units," Nancy Wu, StreetEasy economist, said at the time. "They're being forced to cut the location premium out of their asking price in order to compete with larger and more affordable apartments in the outer boroughs."

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