Falling Rents May Impact House Prices

A recent report from Capital Economics highlights falling rents in Canadian cities, especially Toronto and Vancouver, and points out that this could have a significant knock-on effect on Canadian house prices.   The report identifies several reasons why rents are falling: The surge in unemployment due to COVID-19 lockdowns has hit low-wage earners the hardest,… Read More

Coronavirus Infects Toronto Rental Market

We have only limited data so far, but already it is clear that the number of MLS rental transactions in the GTA has plummeted by about 50% since the COVID-19 restrictions were imposed just over a month ago. There were approximately 2,500 MLS rental transactions per month in January, February and March, but only about 1,300… Read More

Airbnb Bylaw Is Now In Effect in Toronto

Early in 2018, the City of Toronto approved the regulation of short-term rentals in Toronto. However, the resulting zoning bylaw amendments were immediately appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). Almost 2 years later, on November 18, 2019, the LPAT issued a ruling dismissing the appeal and upholding the bylaw amendments. The new bylaw… Read More

Controversy Over Short Term Rentals in Toronto

The rental housing crisis in Toronto has put the spotlight on short term rentals like Airbnb, which have removed thousands of units from the stock of long term rental properties in the city. Rental units are in critically short supply, and so there has been an outcry from housing advocates calling for restrictions on Airbnb…. Read More

GTA Market for Rental Properties Growing Stronger

A recent report conducted by Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development found that Toronto is the fastest-growing city in Canada and the U.S. by a huge margin. Immigrants are being attracted in droves by employment opportunities – for example, in the first half of 2019 alone, 81,600 new jobs were added and, on a… Read More

Ontario Government ‘More Homes, More Choice’ Act

On June 6, the Ontario Government passed new legislation to deal with the housing crisis through a five point plan: 1. Speed: cut out government bureaucracy that slows down the development process; 2. Cost: encourage developers to build more housing by reducing the layers of permits, government approvals and charges by municipalities and making these… Read More

Torontonians Say The City Isn’t Doing Enough To Increase The Supply Of Housing

In a recent survey, Forum Research found that 69% of Toronto residents feel that the City should be doing more to increase the supply of rental housing across the city. As previously reported, there is a rental housing crisis in Toronto due to the influx of new residents, declining affordability (forcing would-be buyers to rent),… Read More

Rental Housing Crisis in Toronto

The vacancy rate for rental apartments in Toronto is about 0.5%, average monthly rents are increasing at an accelerating pace, and the supply of new rental units is far behind the number of new renter households being created each year. Clearly the Toronto rental housing market is in a crisis. The causes of the problem… Read More

Laneway Suites Moving Forward

Rental housing is in short supply in Toronto, and the recent federal government changes in mortgage financing rules will likely make it even more difficult to find rental accommodation, since it is now harder than ever to afford a home or condo. Over the past 20 years, the City of Toronto has undertaken many initiatives… Read More

Thinking About Renting Your Basement?

The Toronto rental market is very strong and, if you don’t really need the living space in your basement, the idea of pulling in an extra $1,000/month or more in rent can be very appealing. Before you embark on renovations to convert your basement into an apartment, however, here are some things you should bear… Read More