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Enbloc Properties put back on rental market: Expected to further depress rental market

At least 1,000 projected new apartment units can be expected to be withdrawn from immediate supply in Singapore's property market, as properties that were sold en bloc in recent years are put back on the market for rental.

Enbloc sites rental units expected to further depress rental market

The increasing number of en bloc sites put back on the rental market is expected to further depress already weakening rentals.

CDL: Lucky Tower @ Grange Road leased to master tenant

The latest of these is Lucky Tower at Grange Road which was bought by City Developments Ltd (CDL) in May 2006. A CDL spokesman said that the entire development of 91 units has been leased to a master tenant that intends to sub-let the units.

According to data complied by Savills Singapore, Lucky Tower was expected to be redeveloped into a 178-unit condominium. However, with redevelopment pushed back, these units are not expected to come on to the market anytime soon.

192-unit The Grangeford at Leonie Hill on the rental market

Another development, the 192-unit The Grangeford at Leonie Hill, acquired by OUE in 2007, has also been put back on the rental market.

OUE is controlled by the Lippo Group and Malaysian tycoon Ananda Krishnan. Lippo Realty executive director Thio Gim Hock said that approximately 70 per cent of the units have already been leased, mainly to expatriates.

On why it decided to defer redevelopment, Mr Thio said: 'The market does not look good for this year or the next.'

It is understood that asking rents for The Grangeford start at about $3,500 for 1,110 square foot two-bedroom units and about $4,500 for a 1,700 sq ft three-bedroom unit.

Pontiac Land Group started to lease out Pin Tjoe Court

The Pontiac Land Group has also started to lease out Pin Tjoe Court, which it acquired in September 2006. Senior vice-president (residential leasing) William Teh said that it expects to redevelop the site next year. 'Till then, we are offering very short-term leases, and this is not representative of typical rental in the market,' he added.

Frasers Centrepoint: Flamingo Valley 60% leased out

Frasers Centrepoint said that Flamingo Valley, which it acquired in early 2007, has been put on the rental market with close to 60 per cent of the 185 units leased out.

Other en bloc developments back on the rental market include Furama Towers, Fairways Condominium, Sophia Court, and Lincoln Lodge.

Rental yield helps cover developers' holding costs

Referring to this 'hidden leasing supply', Japanese investment house Nomura said: 'The move by developers to return en bloc units back to the leasing market to cover to a degree of the holding costs is not unanticipated.'

Regardless of 'hidden leasing supply', rentals are already expected to fall. Still, Knight Frank director (research and consultancy) Nicholas Mak believes that the 'hidden supply' of leasing units will not make much of a dent on the rental market. For starters, he notes, many of these en bloc developments have already reached a state of disrepair.

Pointing out that the 108-unit Fairways is about 10 per cent leased, he says that many of the units have been 'stripped bare'.

He also noted that these units have short leases and tenants may be given only one-month's notice to vacate

Rental Yield of 2.3%

In the case of Grangeford, assuming a gross rent of $3.40 psf for the 396,483 sq ft apartment block, Nomura estimates that it could secure net income of $14.6 million, equating to a 2.3 per cent yield over its $625 million acquisition price, 'providing some relief to covering the site's holding costs'.

Continue with Deferred Enbloc Redevelopment cuts supply of 1000 new units

Extract:BT 22 Dec 2008
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