Covid Roils Shanghai’s Commercial Property Market in Fourth Quarter – Caixin Global

The nascent recovery in Shanghai’s commercial property market was cut short at the end of last year, as uncertainty fueled by a new wave of coronavirus infections and the scrapping of “zero Covid” curbed demand for office space. Photo: VCG

Shanghai saw a decline in rents and a rise in vacancy rates for office space in the fourth quarter of 2022, as commercial activity in China’s financial capital was disrupted by a new wave of coronavirus infections and a sudden U-turn on the “zero-Covid” policy.

Daily rent for office space in Shanghai averaged 7.63 yuan ($1.13) per square meter in the fourth quarter, a decline of 0.3% from the previous quarter, according to data released in a report by commercial property consultancy Colliers International Group Inc. on Friday. The number for all of 2022 was also 7.63 yuan per square meter, down 0.6% from the previous year.

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