Manhattan Apartment Rents Fall as Unemployment Rises

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  1. S2007S


    Manhattan Apartment Rents Fall as Unemployment Rises (Update2)

    By Oshrat Carmiel

    April 13 (Bloomberg) -- Manhattan apartment rents fell as much as 5.9 percent in March from a year earlier as a record jump in unemployment damped demand, Citi-Habitats Inc. said.

    Average rents declined for apartments of all sizes and the vacancy rate topped 2 percent for the fifth straight month, the New York-based property broker said today in an e-mailed statement.

    Demand slumped after New York City’s unemployment rate climbed to 8.1 percent in February, the highest level since October 2003 and the biggest month-to-month increase on record. City Comptroller William Thompson predicted in March that New York City would lose 250,000 jobs before the recession ends.

    “There are people who are unemployed, and people not willing to spend the type of money they were willing to spend before and they need to make tough decisions,” said Gary Malin, president of Citi-Habitats.

    Rents for studio apartments dropped 2.1 percent to an average of $1,812, while those for one-bedroom units fell 5.9 percent to $2,595. The cost of renting two-bedroom homes declined 2.2 percent to $3,631 and three-bedrooms fell 1.6 percent to an average of $4,670.


    The average declines for March don’t reflect concessions offered by landlords, such as a free month’s rent, that lower the overall cost to tenants, Malin said.

    “There is a greater degree of price decline than those numbers show,” he said.

    The average rent for two-bedroom apartments on Manhattan’s Upper West Side fell 8.6 percent in March to $3,580, while one- bedrooms dropped 2.4 percent to $2,393. The price of studios in the neighborhood climbed 6.4 percent to $1,966, according to the report.

    At Trump Place at 220 Riverside Blvd., 25 apartments are now available for rent, 13 for reduced prices, according to the property listing service

    A 700 square-foot one-bedroom in the building is listed for $3,800 a month, 10 percent less than its November 2008 price. The furnished condo is in a Trump property along the West Side Highway that includes a health club and a swimming pool, according to

    Vacancy rates of Manhattan apartments reached 3.8 percent in October 2002, according to Citi-Habitats. March’s vacancy rate of 2.37 percent was last seen in Manhattan in the six-month period between November 2002 and April 2003, when vacancies averaged 2.35 percent. The broker has been tracking the market since 2002.

    U.S. Vacancies

    Manhattan’s East Village had the highest vacancy rates in March with 3.24 percent of its rental units available, Citi- Habitats said. Soho and TriBeCa, both in Lower Manhattan, had the lowest vacancy rate: 1.84 percent.

    Across the U.S., apartment vacancies climbed to 7.2 percent in the first quarter from 6 percent a year earlier and 6.6 percent in the fourth quarter, Reis Inc., a New York-based research firm, said April 7. Vacancies were at the same level as the first quarter of 2004, matching the highest since Reis began conducting its survey in 1999.

    Rents across the country fell 1.1 percent in the first quarter from the previous three months to $984 on average. They were up 0.1 percent from a year earlier, Reis said.
  2. Recently negotiated a net 10% decrease in our rent. I suspect you could get 15-20% decrease in many buildings if you pushed hard enough. Tough times out there right now; more people moving out of most places than moving in...
  3. still way too high. my garage is 200 ft larger than this.
  4. Good. These landlords need a good smack in the head.
  5. thats good but , Its too bad your home is located 200 blocks from modern civilization.
  6. And make sure to get rid of the broker fees. I'd like to rid NYC of these broker parasites.
  7. ha thats funny. i live in a new home in a mountian resort area with all kinds of wildlife and great views. i could think of few places worse than living in new york city.
  8. I guess my one-bedroom 26th floor apartment in Battery Park City across from the WTC is now at $2,400.00

    When I moved out of it in 1992, I was paying $1,210.00

    When I moved in, in 1984 it was $875.

  9. cstfx


    Ah...Gateway Plaza.

    After 9/11, got a great rate for a 1 bd for less than 1500.

    Of course, I can't breathe so well now, but hey, the rent was good.