Office leasing picks up in Q3CY2020, fueled by demand in southern markets,


Workplace leasing, which was severely affected within the preliminary months of the coronavirus (Covid-19)-induced pandemic, noticed a choose up within the third quarter of the calendar yr, with the absorption of workplace house going up by 64 per cent in Q3CY20 versus Q2CY20, property guide JLL stated on Monday.

The third quarter rebound was led by Bengaluru and Hyderabad, which collectively accounted for practically 80 per cent of the online absorption in Q3CY20. The heightened exercise in Bengaluru signifies a gradual choose up within the absorption of house coupled with the interpretation of pent up demand from Q2CY20, JLL stated.

On a yearly foundation, the absorption of house has fallen 50 per cent from 10 million sq ft in Q3CY19 to five.four million sq ft in Q3CY20.

Nonetheless, this yr can be a lacklustre yr for workplace leasing because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the following lockdown. About 17.5 million sq. toes of workplace house has been leased within the nation to date in the course of the calendar yr and it’s anticipated to the touch 25 million sq ft by the tip of the yr. On a median, 35 million sq ft will get absorbed yearly.

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Know-how giants akin to Apple, Siemens, Google and others lately leased giant areas in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Whereas Apple leased 400,000 sq ft house within the Central Enterprise district of Bengaluru, Siemens leased 730,000 sq ft in Karnataka’s capital. Google leased 1 million sq ft within the metropolis’s Bagmane Rio early this yr, whereas Accenture leased 650,000 sq ft within the metropolis’s Status Starteck.

Funding banking main Goldman Sachs can also be opening a centre in Hyderabad which can be its second workplace in India.

“Whereas we proceed to see the impression of the Covid-19 pandemic on varied companies, there’s a important surge in exercise throughout most workplace markets into consideration. That is seen in gross leasing which greater than doubled from the earlier quarter at 13.eight million sq ft,” stated Ramesh Nair, CEO and nation head, India, JLL.

On the identical time, you will need to be aware that giant and mid-sized tenants throughout main markets proceed to overview their actual property portfolios in a bid to optimise value. Larger emphasis is being positioned on sustainability and worker well-being in addition to adoption of versatile working practices, Nair stated.

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Whereas the share of IT/ITeS tenants in gross leasing dipped to 43 per cent in Q3CY20 from 61 per cent in Q2CY20, e-commerce and manufacturing sectors gained important share in the course of the third quarter with 16 per cent (negligible in Q2CY020) and 17 per cent (5% in Q2CY20), respectively, with e-commerce witnessing a surge in demand on account of Covid-19, JLL stated.

Elevated workplace house consolidation and optimisation methods of company lessees resulted in subdued web absorption ranges, which couldn’t preserve tempo with new completions. This resulted in general emptiness growing from 13.1 per cent in Q2CY20 to 13.5 per cent in Q3CY20.

“Regardless of the rise in emptiness ranges in southern markets, Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune continued to hover in single digits. This augurs effectively for a robust rebound in these markets when financial and enterprise situations enhance within the coming quarters.,” JLL stated.

Workplace rents have largely remained secure in Q3CY20 as compared with Q2CY20. “It is very important be aware that landlords throughout markets have change into extra versatile in offering elevated lease free durations, decreased rental escalation and totally furnished offers to distinguished occupiers which reduces their web outgo,” JLL stated.

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