As mentioned in our article What to expect in office property in 2023-24, sublease space in Brisbane is becoming more sought-after as businesses look at hybrid locations to run their operations. Rather than renting out an entire building, many businesses are leasing smaller spaces, where employees can go on a rotation system.

And it’s proving popular. According to new research, available sublease space in Brisbane is the lowest in Australia at just 0.3%.

Here’s what you need know:

Hybrid work models have gained popularity due to their flexibility. They allow employees to split their time between working from home and in the office, catering to the need for both collaboration and focus. This trend was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many businesses to adapt to remote work.

Subleasing has become an attractive option, providing businesses with the opportunity to access premium office spaces, often fully fitted and furnished, without the long-term commitment of a traditional lease.

It also helps companies that are looking to downsize, as they can sublet surplus space to other businesses. This generates additional revenue and contributes to a vibrant, collaborative office environment.

For businesses on the other side of the transaction, subleasing can provide access to prime locations and facilities that might have been previously unaffordable or unavailable.

How is this impacting commercial real estate?

Landlords and property managers are having to adapt to these changes, offering more flexible leasing arrangements and reimagining their spaces to cater to hybrid working needs.

It also presents opportunities for those who are willing to innovate. For example, buildings that support the needs of hybrid workers, such as providing shared meeting spaces, advanced technology infrastructure, and wellness-focused amenities, are in high demand.

The trend towards hybrid work is showing no signs of slowing down, suggesting that the demand for subleasing will continue to grow. As businesses continue to navigate the post-pandemic landscape, flexibility and adaptability will be key.