On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The Hayward region is experiencing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $6 per sqft per year. That's a 30% increase 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 submarket.
In the last 90 days, 22 listings have been posted online, which means listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 9% of the available leases in the Hayward are subleases, so you will probably have to focus your search on direct office leases. 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 4,600 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this area are around 1 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1979 and are Class A.