Rent values fall by 13 percent and Tens thousands flats are vacant

May 5, 2018

There are currently 49,130 empty flats in Kuwait and 26,466 others under construction; thus more than 75,000 units need to be “absorbed” by the domestic property market in 4-5 years, according to the Kuwait Real Estate Union.

The proportion of occupied property units amounted in the current year to 86.8 percent, dropping by 8.2 percent compared to the past five years – which had soared to 95 percent, said Ahmad Al-Dewaihees, the union’s secretary general at a news conference.

Average monthly rent dropped from KD 278.9 (approximately $920.3) to KD 242 ($798.6) – 13.2 percent – said Dewaihees, citing a report prepared by the union (Al-Murshed 2017). The report includes a survey covering a sample of 162,576 apartments in 5,695 plots in 19 locations.

It studied 875 plots, including 26,466 under-construction residential units in all districts, in addition to 13,535 completed ones, where the proportion of new units amounted to 6.6 percent of the plots.

Source : KUNA

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