Las Vegas Landlords Dial Down Rent Hikes as Rental Market Stabilizes in 2023
LAS VEGAS, NV – After months and months of skyrocketing rent increases that drove very real affordability concerns, the rental market in Las Vegas has finally begun to show signs of stabilizing in a positive manner.
While units are still being leased at a healthy rate in Vegas and landlords are still purchasing buildings and developers are constructing new projects, rent increases have been dialed back and tenants have even begun to negotiate rental rates once again, a tactic that was pretty much nonexistent for the past couple of years, experts say.
Whereas rent hikes of anywhere from $200 to $1,000 were the norm during the pandemic, increases as of late appear to be “on hold.” At the end of 2022, the average monthly rent for a Southern Nevada apartment was $1,422, a decrease of just one percent year-over-year; in contrast, rents in Vegas jumped a whopping 22 percent in 2021.
This echoes the real estate situation throughout the United States, which overall reported three months in a row where rents either held steady or even decreased, indicating that there is some degree of breathing room in the market these days.
In addition, with the national economy currently in rough shape – along with a looming recession – people have been leery about the idea of moving, resulting in more rental units sitting empty for longer periods of time. For example, in early 2022 Las Vegas rental properties would last on the market no more than 14 days; today, that average is closer to 30 to 45 days.
The rental market in Las Vegas exploded during the pandemic as tenants – including an influx of new residents to the city – looked for more space amid widespread work-from-home arrangements. Investors sat up and took notice, purchasing 199 apartment complexes in Southern Nevada in 2021, and twice the number in 2020.
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