Office rentals in top Indian CBDs see sharp quarterly surge: Knight Frank Asia-Pacific Prime Office Rental Index Q3 2017

  • Delhi’s Connaught Place records 2nd highest quarterly rental growth among 20 Asian markets
  • Steady demand continues to pull down vacancy levels at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex
  • Bengaluru’s CBD records rental growth despite steady new supply
  • Optimistic near-term outlook despite GST-induced spike in taxes on CRE rentals

Chandigarh, December 20, 2017: Prime central business districts (CBDs) in at least two out of three Indian metros recorded steady rental growth according to the recently released Knight Frank Asia-Pacific Prime Office Rental Index Q3 2017. The index that tracked 20 key international markets in Asia, recorded 0.6% increase in the September-ending quarter over Q2 2017.

Among Indian CBDs Connaught Place in Delhi recorded 2.1% rise in prime office rentals between Q2 and Q3 – the second highest only after Bangkok which topped the index with rental appreciation of 4.4% in the same period. In fact, with sustained demand, no negative rental price changes have been reported in the capital city since the March-ending quarter of 2014.

Further, despite 200,000 sq. m. of new supply hitting Bengaluru’s CBD, the tech hub witnessed rental rise of 1.4%. While rental values in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex remained steady vacancy levels dropped lower and limited new supply entered the market.

The 12-month forecast however, shows increase in office space rents for all the three CBDs.

The favourable outlook assumes importance in the wake of implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that raised government tax on commercial rents to 18% from 15% earlier.

Dr. Samantak Das, Chief Economist and National Director- Research, Knight Frank India, said, “The prime office rentals are showing an upward trend. These markets are generally driven by non-IT sectors. The quality supply is limited and we do see the upward pressure on rentals to in the coming 12-month period.”

Among other noteworthy trends prime rents in Singapore increased for the first time since late 2014, even as vacancy rates continued to rise above 15% courtesy huge supplies over the past 6 months.

Overall all the report expects rents in 16 cities out of the 20 markets either remain steady or increase, up from 15 in the previous forecast.

Asia-Pacific Prime Office Rents Summary

City Submarket(s) 3-month % change
(Q2 2017-Q3 2017)
Forecast next
12 months
Bangkok CBD 4.4% Increase
New Delhi Connaught Place 2.1% Same
Melbourne CBD 2.0% Increase
Manila Various 1.6% Increase
Sydney CBD 1.6% Increase
Bengaluru CBD 1.4% Increase
Hong Kong Central 1.0% Increase
Beijing Various 0.8% Decrease
Guangzhou CBD 0.4% Increase
Brisbane CBD 0.2% Increase
Singapore Raffles Place, Marina Bay 0.1% Increase
Perth CBD 0.0% Same
Mumbai BKC 0.0% Increase
Jakarta CBD 0.0% Decrease
Seoul CBD, GBD, YBD -0.2% Increase
Kuala Lumpur City Centre -0.4% Decrease
Taipei Downtown -0.4% Increase
Phnom Penh City Centre -1.0% Same
Tokyo* Central 5 Wards -1.0% Decrease
Shanghai Puxi, Pudong -1.0% Same


Corporate Comm India(CCI Newswire)