2015 Q2 Rental Report

Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced that GTA REALTORS® reported 8,821 condominium apartment rentals through TREB’s MLS® System in the second quarter of 2015. This result represented a 20.3 per cent year-over-year increase compared to 7,333 condo apartment rentals reported in Q2 2014. Growth in the number of units rented tracked growth in supply quite closely, with the number of condo apartments listed for rent during the second quarter increasing by 23 per cent annually.

“The demand for rental accommodation in the Greater Toronto Area increased in the second quarter in response to the sustained population growth we continue to enjoy as a result of our region’s status as one of the best places to live and do business,” said Mr. McLean.

“Many renter households continued to focus their attention on investor-owned condominium apartments. So much so that the strong growth in the supply of units for rent was closely matched by the growth in the number of units rented, indicating that there exists a certain degree of pent-up demand in some segments of the rental market,” McLean continued.

For TREB’s market area as a whole, average rents for one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, which made up a combined 94 per cent of rental transactions, were up by 1.5 and 4.5 per cent respectively to $1,608 and $2,239.

“Growth in average rents is generally impacted by both market conditions and the type and size of units rented from one period to the next. Both of these factors played into rent increases over the past year, but the bottom line is that despite robust listings growth, strong renter demand has provided a firm foundation for rents,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis. 

2015 Q2 Rental Market Summary        
Apartments 2015 2014 VYA 2015 2014 VYA
Total Listed 15323 12476 22.8%      
Total Leased 8,821 7,333 20.3% $1,844 $1,801 2.4%
Townhouses 2015 2014 VYA 2015 2014 VYA
Total Listed 987 865 14.1%      
Total Leased 518 444 16.7% $1,958 $1,906 2.7%
Apartments Leased Leased VYA Average Rent Average Rent VYA
Bachelor 328 195 68.2% $1,334 $1,328 0.5%
One Bedroom 5161 4327 19.3% $1,608 $1,584 1.5%
Two Bedroom 3,157 2,658 18.8% $2,239 $2,143 4.5%
Three Bedroom 175 153 14.4% $2,649 $2,612 1.4%
Townhouses Leased Leased VYA Average Rent Average Rent VYA
Bachelor 3 1 200.0% $817 $1,020 -19.9%
One Bedroom 58 53 9.4% $1,445 $1,400 3.2%
Two Bedroom 183 134 36.6% $1,991 $1,858 7.2%
Three Bedroom 274 256 7.0% $2,057 $2,039 0.9%


Source: TREB Market Watch


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