VIDEO: COVID-19 has had little impact on the European rental market


19 / 04 / 21 - 1 minute read

Despite the economic turmoil induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, residential rents in major European cities – with a few notable exceptions – held up well in 2020. There is also little evidence of a "flight" into the suburbs. Areas popular before the pandemic remained so during the pandemic. There is evidence of an ‘inverse Airbnb effect.’

 

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Impacted by COVID-19? Not the European residential market

Despite the economic turmoil induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, residential rents in major European cities – with a few notable exceptions – held up well in 2020. A recent paper from Dr. Marcelo Cajias, Head of Data Intelligence at PATRIZIA, sheds light on the stability and resilience of European residential markets by showing that the path of asking rents remained solid throughout a year that involved the worst global crisis since the second world war.

Key points

• Rents in the residential sector have not moved substantially during 2020 as measured by listings from multiple listings systems (MLSs).

• There is more dynamics at the high end in most cities analysed, but base line rents remained solid.

• No significant evidence for “flight” into the suburbs. Areas popular before the pandemic remain so during the pandemic – demand has not substantially changed.

• There is evidence of an ‘inverse Airbnb effect’ in markets such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Madrid and Rotterdam as landlords seek to limit rental losses by switching assets from the Airbnb market to longer lease use.

• PATRIZIA believes European residential assets went into the COVID-19 crisis as a solid performer and will emerge even stronger from the pandemic. This is further supported by the performance of rents throughout the COVID-19 crisis, which have largely proven to be stable and resilient and are likely to continue to remain so.

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