Gap between Class A base and net effective rents sees a 72.5% increase since pre-COVID era

Class A Base and Net Effective Rents

The gap between Class A base and net effective rents has reached $17.72 psf.
  • The demand for top-tier Manhattan office space remains strong, with Trophy properties, the top 10% of inventory, comprising more than 33% of all leasing activity post-COVID-19.


  • To compete with these elite offerings, landlords of high-quality Class A properties are now providing historically generous concession packages to entice tenant commitments. Since March 2020, free rent periods for Class A properties have jumped a substantial 60.6% to 11.7 months, while tenant improvement allowances have risen 35.8% to an average of $126.43 per square foot.


  • Despite this trend, base rents for Class A spaces have held firm at near-record highs. This has created an ever-widening gap of $17.72 between Class A base and net effective rents, representing a 72.5% increase from pre-COVID levels.

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