On average, listings lease in the $30's per square foot per year. The Hayward region is experiencing a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $2 per sqft per year. That's a 8% rise in rent.
Compared to the rest of the East Bay market, the Hayward submarket has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted region.
In the last 90 days, 15 listings have been listed, which means leases are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 67% of the available leases in the Hayward are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 6,050 sqft, there are still 0 leases below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this market are around 1 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1977 and are Class A.