Toronto's rental average is not the most expensive in Canada anymore

Dec 16 2020, 7:14 am

Toronto no longer takes first place in Canada for most expensive rent.

According to PadMapper’s latest report, Vancouver has overtaken Toronto as the priciest city to rent in the country.

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While the former most expensive rental city in the country, Toronto, dropped one-bedroom rent to $1,900 last month, Vancouver became the priciest in Canada at $1,950. On a year-over-year basis, both one and two-bedroom rents in Vancouver are down over 11%.

Toronto was dethroned as the priciest market, with one-bedroom rent falling 5% from November to December this year. One-bedroom rent in the city has fallen over 17% since this time last year.

Burnaby, BC, remained in third place with one-bedroom dropping 2.9% to $1,670.

Victoria held onto fourth place for most expensive rentals, decreasing 1.2% to $1,630.

Kelowna jumped up one position to become the 5th most expensive, with one-bedroom rent climbing 4.1% to $1,510. On a year-over-year basis, one-bedroom rent is up nearly 12%.

The cheapest rent in Canada this month can be found in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where a one-bedroom rental costs a cool $840 with two-bedrooms going for an average of $910.

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According to a recent report by Rentals.ca and Bullpen Research & Consulting, rental rates are expected to continue to decline into early 2021 as the lockdown limits in-person viewings, COVID cases increase, and the border remains restricted for new immigration.

However, it will slowly start to recover in the second half of the year, finishing at $2,120 per month on average in December 2021, a 4% annual increase.

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