Perth Office Rents Take a Battering

PerthTHE see-saw property market that is Perth, may be set for another battering.

A week after a controversial super-tax threatens to end many West Australian mining projects, comes news office rents in the city have collapsed 27.4 per cent over the past year.

Average rents are now $696 per square metre, per annum, according to CB Richard Ellis, which issued the report on occupancy cost drops across 176 global markets.

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Office Sector Set to Strengthen in 2011: Report

LAST year, by and large, residential landlords were the investors best able to reap the rewards of a short supply, by boosting their rents.

This year however, may be year of the office landlord.

According to a new report by commercial real estate agency Colliers International, office rental costs are expected to increase in most capital cities, because of a shortage of new supply and an improving economy.

It expects office vacancies to fall in all major CBD office markets expect Brisbane (which already has a high 9.6 per cent vacancy).

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