DLF buys office space in Gurugram for Rs 81 crore

DLF building and services private Ltd, a DLF group entity has bought about 31,254 sq ft of premium office space at Horizon Centre on Golf Course Road in Gurgaon for Rs 81 crore, documents accessed through FloorTap.com, a market-place for commercial properties shows. The building is the costliest office space tower in Gurgaon. The space was owned by Madhur Maini and
has been leased to WeWork India. SoftBank Group-backed startup WeWork filed for US bankruptcy protection earlier this month but its
India operation has no impact. DLF, which had originally constructed the building, had sold several office floors to prominent families and corporations from 2014 to 2019, but ceased further sales thereafter

Earlier Mohan Exports, the parent company of Mohan Group, has acquired about Rs 27,000 square feet for Rs 80.66 crore from Hero Cycles, in the same complex.
DLF, which is also a leading lease-rentals company, in 2021, had repurchased Hines’ 51.8% stake in one
tower for Rs 780 crore. Currently, DLF and its family members hold 60% of the entire Horizon Centre. According to a copy of the sale deed, DCCDL’s subsidiary has paid Rs 5.67 crore as stamp duty. According to rating agency CRISIL, net leasing of commercial office space in India will stagnate this fiscal at 32-34 million square feet (msf), with global uncertainties brewing caution among key tenant categories.

However, the inherent strengths of the Indian market and increasing shift to return to office should help
demand pick up over the medium term, keeping credit profiles of office asset owners stable. India’s commercial office space is dominated by technology companies, with information technology (IT)
and IT- enabled services (ITeS) companies occupying 42-45% of the operational stock. Global capability
centres (GCCs) of multinational corporations have also emerged as a key category of tenants in the past
few years, occupying around a third of the total stock.
Employers pushing for increased physical occupancy in offices may prove to be another tailwind for
office leasing. Most companies — including those in technology, which otherwise were favouring workfrom-home — are now pushing for return to office on most days of the week. Physical occupancy, which averaged 40% last fiscal, is expected at 65-70% this fiscal.

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