Most listings are in the $30's per square foot per year. The Washington D.C. region is experiencing a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $2 per sqft per year. That's a 5% decline in rent.
In the last 90 days, 1195 listings have been made available, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 2% of the listings in the Washington D.C. are subleases, so you will probably need to sign a longer term lease with the landlord directly. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 3,040 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this area are around 4 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1986 and are Class A.