Beijing Office Market Faces Challenges

Beijing Office Market Faces Challenges

Xiao Wei Ling
2 min read

Beijing Office Market Faces Challenges in Q2 2024

In the second quarter of 2024, the Beijing office market is confronting significant challenges with no new supply entering the market and persistent weak leasing demand. This insufficient demand has led to a continuous decline in market rent, with the decline rate expanding. According to data from DTZ and Colliers International, the quarter-on-quarter decline in Beijing office rent has reached a new high in nearly four years. Specifically, the average rent for Grade A office buildings across Beijing dropped by 3.9% to 279.2 yuan per square meter. This decline not only marks the largest single-quarter drop since the second quarter of 2020 but also exceeds the 5% decline during the initial period of the COVID-19 pandemic in the second quarter of 2020. This indicates greater market instability in the current Beijing office market compared to the early stages of the pandemic.

Key Takeaways

  • Beijing's office market sees no new supply in Q2, with weak leasing demand.
  • Market rent continues to decline, reaching a near four-year high in Q2.
  • In the second quarter of 2024, the average rent for Grade A office buildings in Beijing was 279.2 yuan per square meter, down 3.9% quarter-on-quarter.
  • This decline is the largest single-quarter drop since the second quarter of 2020.
  • During the second quarter of 2020, the rent for Grade A office buildings in Beijing, in the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, had dropped by 5% quarter-on-quarter.


The weakness in the Beijing office market stems from economic slowdown and the strengthening trend of remote work. In the short term, owners and investors face the risk of reduced rental income and asset devaluation. Looking ahead, the market may drive innovative leasing models and digital transformation to adapt to the new normal. Those affected include real estate developers, financial institutions, and multinational corporations, particularly those reliant on office space in Beijing.

Did You Know?

  • Grade A Office Buildings: Grade A office buildings are the highest quality office spaces available in a market. They are typically newly built or recently renovated, located in prime areas, and offer superior facilities and services. These buildings are usually sought after by prestigious companies due to their high standards of design, construction, and infrastructure.
  • Quarter-on-Quarter : QoQ is a financial term used to compare the performance of a metric between two consecutive periods, typically quarters. In the context of the Beijing office market, a QoQ comparison refers to the change in average rental prices from one quarter to the next, providing insights into the market's short-term trends and fluctuations.
  • DTZ and Colliers International: DTZ (now part of UBS Real Estate) and Colliers International are leading global real estate services companies. They provide a wide range of services including property management, leasing, investment, and consulting. Their data and analyses are highly regarded in the industry for their accuracy and depth, making them key sources for understanding market trends and conditions.

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