Los AngelesThe needs of office tenants are rapidly changing, and tenants are becoming much more selective about the office spaces they choose. These new needs include amenities, open spaces and transparency—but the driving reason behind this evolution in tenant needs is the cost of rent, which is rapidly escalating. Tenants want a bigger bang for their buck.

“Tenants are taking a much more of a serious look in how they are currently occupying and paying for their office space,” Jim Travers, founding principal at Travers Cresa, tells GlobeSt.com. “There is a double hit-taking place simultaneously; rents are escalating dramatically, while landlords are increasing their building’s size based upon the new BOMA measurements. For example, a tenant renewing their 10,000 square foot lease, the same space could be 10,500 square feet, with a rent increase of 10% to 15%. This is the driving factor why tenants are becoming more serious about their current occupancy.”

Rent isn’t the only driver of this changes. Tenants are also more concerned with the physical space as a means of attracting and retaining talent. “Besides the double exposure in rent and building size, tenants now are looking to create an environment that will provide transparency, collaboration and colliding,” says Travers. “The office walls are coming down with a much more emphasis of open, creative space.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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