Can you guess which global rents are falling?

    Feb 11, 2021 @ 12:45 PM / by Patrick Benedetti

    London Falling

    London, U.K. Photo taken by AIRINC Surveyor Lauren Basler.

    Dublin, Ireland 

    Rents dropped in Dublin in the wake of COVID-19. Supply increased as assignees left the city and new rental stock entered the market. The collapse in tourism has forced owners of short-term Airbnb properties to shift to the long-term market, further increasing supply.

    Kiev, Ukraine

    The COVID-19 pandemic slowed Kiev’s rental market and vacancies increased. With few expatriate arrivals, most rental market activity has been from local renters. While some landlords kept rents at pre-pandemic rates, others lowered rents to fill vacancies. The rental market is expected to remain fairly stagnant until mobility restrictions are lifted and the pandemic is more contained.


    London, U.K.

    Rents decreased in central London and increased in the suburbs as work-from-home policies inspired expatriate movement from the city center to greener, more open spaces. There have been fewer expatriate arrivals, and most incoming assignees are diplomats engaged in Brexit negotiations. Sources say rents may continue to drop, depending on the outcomes of Brexit and the COVID-19 vaccine.


    Chengdu, China

    The COVID-19 pandemic amplified a soft rental market. There have been fewer expatriate arrivals since several large companies left the area, and many assignees broke their leases and left the city at the beginning of the pandemic. Rents for large apartments fell most drastically because families account for most recent expat departures. Landlords who previously only rented to expats may now accept local tenants at reduced rents.


    Pattaya, Thailand

    Rents fell significantly with the decline of expatriate arrivals due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. Demand also decreased with an economic slowdown in the tourism sector and a financial strain on the oil industry. Landlords struggling to find new tenants have been extremely flexible with lease terms. Completion of new construction projects is expected to add to the oversupply in the next few years.


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    Topics: Expatriate Housing, International Tax, China, Goods & Services, Data Points, United Kingdom, London, Data and Infographics, Ireland, Dublin, Chengdu, Global Mobility News, Thailand, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pattaya, Ukraine, Kiev

    Patrick Benedetti

    Written by Patrick Benedetti

    Patrick joined AIRINC as a cost-of-living researcher in 2003 and has traveled to over 70 countries. He maintains AIRINC's Location Profiles product, produces AIRINC’s quarterly data newsletter “Data Points,” and works with the AIRShare Blog Team. After years co-managing the Housing Team, Patrick most recently joined the Research Team as Senior International Research Manager.