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GTA apartment rents reach record levels

DCN-JOC News Services
GTA apartment rents reach record levels

TORONTO — Apartment rental market conditions have tightened dramatically over the past year reports the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) MLS System in a recent release.

Average rents for one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments are now both at record levels, surpassing the previous peak in Q3 2019.

There were 13,203 condo apartment rental transactions reported through the TRREB system in Q2 2022, down 11.4 per cent compared to Q2 2021. The dip in rentals was not the result of waning demand, but instead a much more pronounced dip in the number of rental listings, dropping by almost 30 per cent year-over-year. With less choice, it was much more difficult for renters to get deals done, said TRREB president Kevin Crigger.

“Expect rental market conditions to tighten further in the coming months. Higher borrowing costs may have temporarily precluded home buying for some households, but the Greater Toronto Area population continues to grow alongside a booming regional economy. This means that an increasing number of people requiring a place to live will turn to the rental market,” said Crigger.

The average condo rents were up by double digits annually for all bedroom types in the second quarter. The average one-bedroom rent increased by 20.2 per cent year-over-year to $2,269. Over the same period, the average two-bedroom rent was up by 15.3 per cent to $2,979.

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