Downtown Toronto among Ontario’s Strongest Rental Markets

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GREATER TORONTO – For readers who follow downtown Toronto real estate, it should come as no surprise that Toronto’s Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) played a major role in driving last year’s 2.1-per-cent decrease in Ontario’s rental vacancy rate.

That figure was first reported in the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s 2016 Ontario edition of the Rental Market Report, which also revealed that just three CMAs – Toronto, Ottawa, and London – were responsible for 83 per cent of the shift in Ontario’s rental vacancy rate.

But just how does Toronto’s “Central” zone – the area between the Don River, Lake Ontario, Bathurst Street, and the CPR railway – stack up against its neighbours, when it comes to vacancy? The GTA edition of the Rental Market Report gives us a few clues:

  • In October of 2016, the central zone’s vacancy rate for two-bedroom suites sat at just 1.3 per cent – just half of the previous year’s rate of 2.6 per cent.
  • When factoring all other suite types, downtown Toronto still reflected a 0.3-per-cent decrease (year over year) in its rental vacancy rate, which registered at 1.4 per cent in October of 2016.
  • For contrast: Over the same span the Toronto East zone’s vacancy rate had only fallen by 0.2 per cent, and the West zone reflected no change (remaining steady at 1.9 per cent).

The highly sought-after two-bedroom suites of downtown Toronto also commanded an average rent increase of 5.4 per cent – the GTA’s largest for that condo type – over the same period. Toronto’s Central zone also led all zones in rent by dollars, recording an average of $1,449 (across all suite types) in October.

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This article was originally published in our Winter 2017 issue of Living in Toronto.

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