Rents decrease in Hong Kong after Protests and COVID-19

    Feb 09, 2021 @ 05:15 AM / by Francois Wiedenmann

    Hong Kong cityscape

    The impact of unrest and falling demand 

    Rent in Hong Kong is notoriously among the highest in the world. In the face of a global pandemic preceded by a year of protests, rents have indeed dropped – though they remain high on a global scale. Price changes impacted upper-end housing the most, especially based on the area and neighborhood.

    Landlords continue to face challenges finding new tenants for these high-end properties. Our real estate sources cited the weakened economy which has slimmed down the local demand, the reduction in arrivals of expats, and the COVID-19 imposed immigration regulations as reasons for the change.

    One of the most impacted areas by the COVID-19 pandemic is Lantau Island, where thousands of airline employees were laid off by multiple domestic airlines in 2020. This triggered the cancellation of many rental contracts. Consequently, the rentals in Lantau have seen the largest local rent decreases.


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    Francois Wiedenmann

    Written by Francois Wiedenmann