NVSAA report shows Las Vegas area apartment rents sinking since start of the COVID-19 crisis

Posted at 3:00 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 02:30:03-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A report released this week by the Nevada State Apartment Association (NVSAA) shows local apartment rents starting to slide as the coronavirus hit Southern Nevada.

The report, issued by the NVSAA based on data provided by CoStar, shows daily average asking rents in the Las Vegas metro fell by about 1% between March 16 and 26 – and even more for 4- and 5-star apartments.

For the first quarter of 2020, year-over-year rent growth declined to 1.4%, down from a 7.2% growth rate during the same time one year ago.

From 2015 to 2019, local rents increased steadily. Those gains are now slowing, with asking rents during the first quarter of 2020 averaging $1,079 per month, compared to $1,064 one year ago.

For the first quarter of 2020, the average vacancy rate for local apartments was 7.1%. That’s up from 6.5% one year earlier, but down from nearly 11% during the height of the Great Recession.

Apartment development through the first quarter of 2020 continued to be heathy, with 3,836 units under construction in the Las Vegas area. By comparison, more than 3,000 units were delivered to the local market in 2017, the peak year for apartment construction so far this cycle.

Nearly half of these new units are being built along the southern portion of the 215 Beltway between the Henderson, Enterprise, Spring Valley and Summerlin areas.