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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Manhattan Office Vacancy Rate Rises to 10.9%

by Calculated Risk on 12/23/2008 07:12:00 PM

From Reuters: Manhattan office vacancy rate hits two-year high

The overall vacancy rate rose to 10.9 percent in the fourth quarter, the highest level in two years and more than three percentage points greater than a year ago, according to the report released by FirstService Williams.

Space available directly from a landlord registered an 8.1 percent vacancy rate in the fourth quarter, while sublease space weighed in at 2.8 percent -- the highest rate in more than three years.
"With leasing activity languishing and tenant space choices growing exponentially, it is not surprising that the overall asking rent for Manhattan dropped by 4 percent from the previous quarter," Mark Jaccom, FirstService Williams chief executive, said in a statement.
This fits with the report Mayor Bloomberg released on the NY City economy in November.

NYC Office Rents and Vacancy Rate Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the actual and projected (by the NYC OMB) rents and office vacancy rate for NYC Class A buildings (note: the Reuters story was all office space).

The Class A vacancy rate is expected to rise from about 7.5% to 13%, and rents are expect to decline by 20% or more from the peak.