Vacancy Rate

Definition of "Vacancy rate"

Percentage of rental property that is unoccupied. For example, a vacancy rate of 25% means that 25% of the rental unites are nor being used. Idle space can cause a significant cash drain to the landlord who is not receiving cash inflows to offset the cash outflows of maintaining the property. An office building, shopping center, or hotel must have a minimum occupancy rate to break even.

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