Experts name two principal causes – offices have less to build and more to rent.
Three-quarters of demand for the vacant offices of Kiev in 2016, formed the manufacturing and IT sectors.
“The improvement in the macroeconomic situation GDP growth and industrial production, lower inflation has led to increased demand for office space. First of all, high rental activity was observed by the manufacturing and IT sectors, which accounted for three-quarters of all transactions on the office market of Kiev in 2016 – said Alexander Globin, head of office space at JLL (Ukraine).
According to her, the growth of demand led to a stabilization of rental rates, the decline of which was stopped in the second half of 2016. At present, the maximum base rental rate for the office market in Kiev is $340 per sq m per year ($28 per sq m per month).
“At the same time, the pace of economic recovery is still insufficient for growth in rental rates, and we do not expect them to increase in 2017,” – said Alexander Globin.
The vacancy rate on the office market of Kiev in 2016 decreased by 4.9 percentage points to 19.3%, which became the most significant annual decrease in the history of the market. Record reduction was observed in class A (9.6 percentage points, to 26.0%) and in class (by 3.5 percentage points, to 17.4%).
The main reasons for the reducing vacancy rates are low input volume and growth of demand for offices. Overall for the year 2016 the office market in Kiev has increased by 36.5 thousand sq m, which is 10% inferior to the result 2015 and is the smallest entry in the entire history of observations. For the first time in six years, the market has not reached new objects of class A.
The volume of lease transactions in 2016 increased by 17% compared to the previous year and reached 186,9 thousand square meters, of which about 45.8 thousand sq m had in the fourth quarter. The volume of net absorption, in turn, grew by 20% to 106.9 thousand sqm per year.
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