Q2 2020 Rental Market Report

August 11, 2020


TORONTO, ONTARIO, July 31, 2020 – Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President
Lisa Patel announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,320
condominium apartment rentals through TRREB’s MLS® System in the second quarter of
2020. This result was down by 24.8 per cent compared to the second quarter of 2019.
The number of condominium apartments listed for rent at some point during Q2 2020 was
up by 42 per cent compared to Q2 2019.
“There are two key take-aways from the Q2 2020 rental market statistics. First, COVID-19
clearly impacted the demand for rental condominium apartments, due to restrictions on
showing units and job losses across many sectors of the economy. Second, we saw the
continuation of the pattern experienced over the past year, with year-over-year growth in
rental listings far outstripping growth in rental transactions, resulting in a much better supplied market and a moderating pace of rent growth,” said TRREB President Lisa Patel.
The average one-bedroom condominium apartment rent was $2,083 in Q2 2020 – down
five per cent from Q2 2019. The average two-bedroom condominium apartment rent was
$2,713, representing a 5.6 per cent decline from Q2 2019.
“Following very tight market conditions in 2018, we have seen a consistent trend toward
balance in the GTA condominium apartment rental market over the past year-and-a-half.
Accelerating growth in rental listings were at the root of this trend, but the COVID-19-
related drop-off in rental transactions had a marked impact as well. Increased choice led
to more negotiating power for renters, resulting in year-over-year declines in average rents
in the second quarter of 2020,” said Jason Mercer, TRREB’s Chief Market Analyst.

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