Adelaide office vacancy rates drop to four year low: HTW Commercial

Adelaide office vacancy rates drop to four year low: HTW Commercial
Staff reporterDecember 7, 2020

Adelaide’s office market continues its solid performance with vacancy rates dropping to their lowest level in over four years, according to the latest report from Herron Todd White.

The property valuation firm found, in our previous office market update, Adelaide CBD total vacancies were recorded at 14.2%, whereas now, according to statistics published by the Property Council of Australia, CBD vacancies measure just 12.8%.

Adelaide’s fringe office market, which encompasses the arterial roads of Greenhill Road to the south of the city and Fullarton Road and Dequetteville Terrace to the east, has recorded vacancies of 13.1%, a slight increase since our their June update.

The report said, this reflects the desire of tenants to base themselves within the CBD, as Adelaide continues to present itself as an attractive base for both international and local businesses.

"Furthermore, within the CBD office market, A-grade vacancies decreased by 0.5% and B-grade vacancies also reduced by 0.2%, while C-grade office vacancies increased by 0.5%, reflecting tenant demand for high quality and sustainable office space."

"Nationwide vacancies are forecast to reduce to 7.7% over the next two years, with modest improvements in South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia offsetting slight vacancy increases in New South Wales and Victoria. Owners are continuing to reposition B and C-grade space to increase the quality and fuel the flight to quality within the Adelaide CBD, further closing the gap between premium and secondary space."

"Overall, sentiment in the office market is encouraging, with net absorption remaining positive. As businesses grow and expand, office space continues to be sold and leased and pressure is put on B and C-grade space to adapt and improve to remain attractive to prospective tenants," the report noted.

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