Again, as we had forecast, it is now reality. About 56 percent fewer tenants are seeking office space in San Francisco, and 32 percent fewer in neighboring Silicon Valley, from February through May this year compared to last, said CBRE, a commercial real estate firm.

The economic shutdown has forced companies to trim their budgets and seek cheaper rents farther away from downtown. Also, the shutdown relocated many workers to their homes, leading companies such as Google and Facebook to discover that the arrangement would work well permanently.

Uber, Airbnb, and some other Bay-area tech darlings that had been fast-growing have now announced major layoffs, which means shuttering office space.

About 30 percent of San Francisco’s office space is now being offered to sublet, according to research firm CoStar, the highest rate of available subleasing space in the U.S.

Also, Juul Labs, the e-cigarette maker, has announced plans to quit the city and PG&E Corp., the region’s chief energy provider, is moving to Oakland after a century in San Francisco.

“It’s likely [more] sublease space will continue to hit the market in the year ahead,” CoStar noted in a recent report.

1 Comment
  1. Robert 2 weeks ago

    Who would ever want to live in a big city when mayors there cannot provide a safe and clean environment. What a shame. We are degressing into a third world country in our cities, looking like the third world many of them come from, with no apparent wish to improve and become what was a proud to be an American neighborhood. Incompetent government, no police but gangs, filth, crime, drugs, poverty in the land of opportunity.

Leave a reply

©2020 The Trends Journal

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?