The typical asking rate per listing is in the $20's per square foot per year. The Hartford submarket is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $2 per sqft per year. That's a 8% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Hartford market, the Hartford region has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 105 listings have been posted online, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 2% of the office spaces in the Hartford are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. 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 2,520 sqft, there are still 0 leases below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this area are close to 3 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1939 and are Class A.