Office Leasing Activity | FEB 2021

Office Leasing Activity | FEB 2021

How has office leasing activity changed during the pandemic?

Lease renewals dominated the office leasing market activity last year with renewals accounting for 70% of it in 2020 vs 29% before COVID.

? According to a recent report, about 43% of the renewals in Q4 were 5 years or shorter in duration. Incentives and discounts are also playing a bigger role.

In the hard-hit office market of New York, the gap between where office rent levels are and where they end up after discounts and incentives was up to 28% in Q3 2020 vs 6% in 2008

? The 100 largest office leases in 2020 totaled 29 million SF, down 32% YOY. Renewals accounted for 43% of those top transactions.

? All industries saw a drop in leasing activity except for business services which went up 7% in average lease size.

These trends are not surprising and are not expected to prevail going into a post-pandemic era. Right now, landlords want to secure tenants and tenants want deals. Below are the highlights.

Office Leasing Activity February 2021 by John Milsaps
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John Milsaps, a Senior Advisor at SVN Commercial Advisory Group, specializes in landlord and seller representation in Tampa's professional office and healthcare real estate sectors. His expertise in commercial office space makes him a trusted advocate for clients seeking strategic real estate solutions.