Substantial new leasing demand for medical office space has pushed rental rates and strong occupancy in San Diego, according to a new report from JLL. Medical office rents have increased 5.2% in the third quarter, year-over-year, along with positive absorption.

The increase in rents is a function of two main factors. The biggest is simple supply and demand as we are seeing the vacancy factor below 6% for quality class-A and class-B medical office space. The other is due to the increase in construction costs as landlords/owners are having to provide more money in tenant improvement allowances thus pushing rates, "Paul Braun, managing director at JLL, tells

The leasing demand helped to drive 70,000-plus square feet of positive absorption and has pushed occupancy gains. While the current vacancy rate trends above the third quarter in 2019, JLL forecasts the vacancy rate will fall below 5% in the next six to 12 months. There are currently only nine properties larger than 10,000 square feet in the market, but the majority of demand is in the 3,000 to 7,000-square-foot range. "The already well-designed built-out smaller suites less than 2,000 square feet are also in demand which allow smaller medical provider to take advantage of a quicker commencement and a lower tenant improvement burden," adds Braun.

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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.