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The highest office rental rates have been recorded in Yekaterinburg, Voronezh and Nizhny Novgorod

The most expensive offices in millionniki cities may cost more than RUB15,000 per sq m

Moscow, October 05, 2017 – According to JLL research, in the period from July 2016 to June 2017, 134,500 sq m of new office space has entered the Russia regional millionniki cities market (excluding Moscow and St. Petersburg), down 65% YoY.

The total office stock of regional millionniki cities has reached 3.3 m sq m, corresponding to just 18% of the Moscow office supply. Some 137,000 sq m are expected for delivery by the end of 2017.

Yekaterinburg remains the leader in the regional market: its total office stock reached 663,000 sq m at the end of H1 2017, which accounts for 20% of the total regional office market supply. In the period from July 2016 to June 2017, 41,751 sq m of new office space have been completed there. The second largest market is Novosibirsk (508,000 sq m), the third one, significantly lagging behind the two leaders, is Nizhny Novgorod (276,000 sq m).

Quality office supply in Russia regional office market
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Within the regional millionniki cities, the average vacancy rate in Class A is 9%, in Class B 7% which is almost half of the vacancy rate in Moscow (16.7% and 15.6% accordingly). 

Occupied and vacant offices
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Source: JLL

The lowest vacancy rate in Class A (about 4%) has been registered in the cities with the smallest quality office stock, Omsk and Volgograd. The Class B vacancy rate in these cities was the highest on the regional market, 11% in Volgograd and 16% in Omsk. The highest Class A vacancy rate, at 18%, was recorded in Ufa. 

Asking rental rates on the regional market vary with quality and location. Operating expenses are typically included in the base rent. Average Class A rental rates are RUB10,700 per sq m per year, Class B – RUB7,500 per sq m per year excluding VAT. The highest level of Class A rent is in Yekaterinburg, Voronezh, and Nizhny Novgorod. The Class B rental rate in Yekaterinburg is the highest as well.
Office asking rental rates
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Source: JLL

“About 385,400 sq m of new offices are expected to be commissioned шn regional millionniki cities by the end of 2020.” – says Alexander Bazhenov, Office Market Analyst, JLL. – “Moreover, the regional market contains many projects frozen at advanced construction stages, with the total rentable area of over 300,000 sq m. These projects may be added to the stock quickly and put pressure on the rental and vacancy rates.”

About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and on behalf of its clients managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $145 billion. At the end of the second quarter of 2017, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of nearly 80,000. As of June 30, 2017, LaSalle Investment Management had $57.6 billion of real estate under asset management JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.
In Russia and CIS JLL has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. JLL, Russia & CIS was voted Consultant of the Year in 2004, 2006-2017 at the Commercial Real Estate Awards, Moscow; Consultant of the Year at the Commercial Real Estate Awards 2009, 2016, St. Petersburg; Consultant of the Year at the RCSC Awards in 2015.​