Office rentals in KL to fall by this year

By THE STAR

Rates in KL expected to drop by 10% to 15%

OFFICE rental rates in Kuala Lumpur are expected to drop by 10% to 15% from their peak of about RM8 per sq ft this year amid the economic slowdown.

Although office occupancy rates are still holding up quite well, rental rates are expected to fall from their earlier highs due partly to new office space coming onstream.

DTZ Nawawi Tie Leung executive director Brian Koh said that at least a dozen new office buildings, with a total net lettable area of 4.13 million sq ft, would be completed in KL and other parts of the Klang Valley this year.

Of these, four – Menara Worldwide, G Tower, Fraser KL and The Icon – are located in KL’s golden triangle, while the rest are in central commercial areas and other decentralised areas such as KL Sentral, Bangsar and Petaling Jaya.

Amid uncertainties and fears of a long global economic downturn, occupancy costs are expected to decline in many business districts around the world, led by the contraction in occupier demand.

According to DTZ Research’s 2009 global office occupancy costs survey, covering 114 business districts in 49 countries and territories worldwide,

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