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Monday, April 20, 2009

Office Space for Rent: One Year Free!

by Calculated Risk on 4/20/2009 11:25:00 AM

From the LA Times: Southern California office market is hammered by recession

Vacancy in Los Angeles County reached 14.3% in the first quarter, up from 11.2% a year earlier, according to a report released last week by Cushman & Wakefield. In Orange County, where demand has been dwindling for more than a year, vacancy ticked up to nearly 18% from 15%.

Among the hardest-hit markets are the Inland Empire, Irvine and north Los Angeles County, all of which have been wracked by the losses of tenants in the troubled industries of mortgage and finance. Vacancies in all three areas have surpassed 20%, a sign of a very weak market. In Ontario and the area around Los Angeles International Airport, vacancy tops 30%.
And the following is ... amusing:
In West Los Angeles, owners are steeply discounting the monthly cost of an office -- cutting rates that, ironically, grew so high during the boom years that many companies were forced to move out and find cheaper digs.
I saw this in my community too. Leases expired. Landlords raised the rents sharply. The long term tenants moved out. Real estate related businesses moved in. And now the buildings are vacant!