Singapore office rents fall in 3Q2023 on weaker demand: JLL

JLL’s research study reveals that gross effective rental for Level An office space in the CBD slipped 0.3% q-o-q to approximately $11.29 psf monthly in 3Q2023, below $11.32 psf each month in 2Q2023.

Three workplace projects are arranged for completion in the CBD over the following 24 months– IOI Central Blvd Towers (1.3 million sq ft) and Keppel South Central (0.6 million sq ft) in 2024, and the redeveloped Shaw Tower (0.4 million sq ft) in very early 2025. JLL states that to date, over 1.5 million sq ft is predicted to be still unaffiliated.

She anticipates descending pressure on workplace rents to increase, with hires correcting even more in the coming months amidst the present macroeconomic environment as well as arriving workplace supply. “Opposing the backdrop of an influx of upcoming ventures fighting for a limited pool of renters, the short-term oversupply of office space might become more pronounced,” she adds.

Tay Huey Ying, JLL Singapore’s head of research study as well as consultancy, acknowledges, putting in that office lease adjustment ended up being more prevalent this previous quarter. “Our study displays that greater than 15 properties regulated lower leas in 3Q2023 than in 2Q2023, which grabbed down the common rents for CBD Grade A space for the very first time ever since they turned around in 2Q2021.”

The decline originates from ongoing economic tensions, claims Andrew Tangye, head of office leasing and also advisory for JLL Singapore. “The unsure near-term forecast coming from a combination of slowing economic development, geopolitical stress and rising costs have actually remained to keep occupiers wary and cost-conscious, causing weaker workplace take-up,” he adds.

Singapore office space rents dropped in 3Q2023, according to information documented by JLL in a Sept 25 announcement. The consultancy adds in that it marks the very first quarterly decline following 9 consecutive quarters of office space rental growth in the city-state.

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Past the short-term headwinds, the medium-term outlook for Singapore’s Grade A CBD office space renting out market stays bright, JLL believes. Interest will certainly be supported by Singapore’s blossoming credibility as a worldwide hub, while the supply of workplace in the CBD will continue to be constrained by a scarcity of greenfield sites in addition to URA’s emphasis on injecting more live and play spaces downtown.

He associates the reduced hires to extra supply from office stock being actually gone back to the marketplace “at an increasing pace” as more occupiers right-size upon rent renewal to manage costs.

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