municipal rental rates

Municipal rental rates for Q3-2021

Monday, November 1, 2021

Municipal rental rates continue to rise in major markets across Canada, according to the latest Rent Report from Bullpen Research & Consulting and TorontoRentals.com. In the GTA, average monthly rents for all property types increased 0.9 per cent in September to $2,116 from $2,097 in August.

The most expensive market in Q3-2021 was Vancouver, B.C., where the average rent came in at approximately $2,625 per month, representing an annual increase of 14.3 per cent. The average rent in Vancouver also increased by 15.7 per cent quarter over quarter from Q2-2021.

In Montreal and Calgary, where rents were less impacted by the pandemic than Toronto and Vancouver, average rents per square foot have remained relatively stable since September 2019. The average rent per square foot in Montreal was $2.39 in September 2021, while the average rent per square foot in Calgary was $1.96. On an annual basis, Montreal has experienced an increase of 4.4 per cent from the September 2020 average of $2.29 psf, while Calgary has experienced an increase of 6.5 per cent from the September 2020 average of $1.84 psf.

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The average rent in the GTA has shot up from the lows in March 2020 and are projected to keep increasing through the last quarter. Four-bedroom units had the highest increases of the market—a result of tenants’ desiring more space as many continue to work from home.

Oakville, Mississauga, North York, Markham, and Richmond Hill all have average rents per square foot ranging from about $2.10 to $2.75. The suburbs farther away, including Caledon, Whitby, Brampton, Aurora, Pickering, Oshawa and Ajax, have the lowest rents per square foot, ranging from about $1.50 to $2.

The postal codes with higher average rents per square foot are concentrated in the downtown Toronto area, while areas with lower average rents per square foot are spread out in the surrounding suburbs.

The past two years affected all segments of the rental market except townhouses, which maintained a steady rate since 2019 with sharp increases during the more recent months.

Visit www.rentals.ca for the complete report.

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