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Industrial lease rates in Los Angeles will likely grow by more than 7% this year. According to the second quarter report from CBRE, industrial lease rates increased by 3.8% in the last quarter and will likely close the year up 7.3%. It’s now surprise that limited supply is behind the rapidly rising lease rates. The same report shows vacancy is now at 1.2% market wide and drops lower in some popular submarkets. Vacancy is down 20 basis points, which is nominal but expected considering the limited availability, with positive absorption of 707,569 square feet.

“The main factor here and the obvious factor is supply and demand. We have such a lack of available product, especially class-A product,” John Hillman, VP at CBRE who specializes in the Central L.A. industrial market, tells GlobeSt.com. “A lot of the available properties are functionally obsolete. With a lack of supply, you are going to have an increase in rental rates. With the increasing rental rates, there is strong competition for space, but the renewal rates also play a factor. Landlords are in a strong position because they can really set the price and negotiating on lease renewals. Landlords have had the ability to really push renewal lease rates.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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