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GTA REALTORS® REPORT RENTAL MARKET FIGURES

TORONTO, October 16, 2015 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced that there were 9,635 condominium apartment rental transactions reported through TREB’s MLS® System in the third quarter of 2015.  This result represented a 22.6 per cent increase compared to Q3 2014.  The annual increase in rentals was slightly greater than the annual increase in the number of units listed for rent.

One-bedroom and two-bedroom units accounted for almost 95 per cent of condominium apartment rentals.  The number of one-bedroom apartments rented was up by 24.7 per cent compared to Q3 2014.  The number of two-bedroom apartment rentals was up by 18 per cent.

“Investor-owned condominium apartments remained a very popular option in the third quarter and, indeed, over the past year as well.  Strong growth in rental listings were matched by strong growth rental transactions.  This tells us that there are a lot of households looking to rent in the Greater Toronto Area and that many of these renters are choosing units in recently completed condominium apartment projects,” said Mr. McLean.

Average rents for one-bedroom and two-bedroom condominium apartments were up year-over-year by 1.9 per cent and 2.2 per cent respectively to $1,657 and $2,241 per month.  These rates of growth outpaced the annual rate of inflation in the third quarter.

“There was enough competition between renters in the third quarter to prompt moderate growth in average rents.  Furthermore, rental market conditions through the first three quarters of 2015 suggest that condo rental vacancy rates have remained low from a historic perspective.  With this in mind, it is reasonable to assume that positive average rent growth will be sustained through the end of the year and into 2016,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

 

Rental Market Summary: Third Quarter 2015

Apartments

All Bedroom Types

Bachelor

One-Bedroom

Two-Bedroom

Three-Bedroom

Listed

Leased

Leased

Avg. Rent

Leased

Avg. Rent

Leased

Avg. Rent

Leased

Avg. Rent

Q3 2015

14,673

9,635

 

324

$1,375

 

5,488

$1,657

 

3,614

$2,241

 

209

$2,693

Q3 2014

12,108

7,859

230

$1,379

4,401

$1,626

3,064

$2,193

164

$2,722

Yr./Yr. % Chg.

21.2%

22.6%

 

40.9%

-0.3%

 

24.7%

1.9%

 

18.0%

2.2%

 

27.4%

-1.1%

Townhouses

All Bedroom Types

Bachelor

One-Bedroom

Two-Bedroom

Three-Bedroom

Listed

Leased

Leased

Avg. Rent

Leased

Avg. Rent

Leased

Avg. Rent

Leased

Avg. Rent

Q3 2015

1,034

578

 

3

$1,292

 

65

$1,478

 

175

$1,869

 

335

$2,066

Q3 2014

953

481

2

$1,275

42

$1,424

168

$1,808

269

$2,066

Yr./Yr. % Chg.

8.5%

20.2%

 

50.0%

1.3%

 

54.8%

3.8%

 

4.2%

3.4%

 

24.5%

0.0%