Rents are declining in markets across the country. A new national apartment rent report from the Apartment List shows that rents have declined in 41 of the top 100 markets in the country since the onset of the pandemic in March. San Francisco, New York and Seattle have seen the steepest decline in rental rates, with 17.8%, 11.6% and 9.9% drops in average rent, respectively. This has cleared all of the rent growth from the last year in those markets.

Last year, rents declined in only four of the top 100 markets, and the rate of decline was .8%. This is nominal compared to the significant rate of decreasing rents in several markets through 2020. The remaining markets saw either flat or improving rents. This year, 26 markets have seen rent growth, compared to 48 markets with rent growth last year. Boise, Toledo, Ohio, and Greensboro, North Carolina all posted rent growth this year, at 9.7%, 8.9% and 7.6% respectively. In several markets the rate of growth surpassed 2019 rent growth. However, most of the markets Apartment List tracked had a slower rate of rent growth compared to last year.

Nationally, rents have decreased 1.4% in 2020. This is the first time that apartment rents have experienced negative growth in the last cycle, although the rate of rent growth had been declining since 2018. The rate of rent decreases seems to be improving. Looking at August to September rent trends, 59 of the top 100 markets had positive month-over-month rent growth.

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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 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.