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Toronto rent drops again as the average price for a one bedroom falls below $2k

Toronto's housing market might be on fire lately but rent prices in the city have actually been declining since the start of the pandemic, dipping well below the high that tenants saw last fall.

According to the latest National Rent Report from and Bullpen Research & Consulting, Toronto rents are down a whopping 14.1 per cent from this time last year.

They've now landed at a mean of $2,158 for all residential property types and sizes: $1,967 for one-bedrooms, which were at one point in recent memory $2,314, and $2,569 for two-bedrooms.

This still makes us home to the second-highest rent prices of any major city in the country — preceeded only by Vancouver and followed by nearby Etobicoke and Mississauga — but also the largest drop in price year-over-year.

The numbers were driven by single-family homes despite the fact that the number of available condo rentals, many of them former Airbnbs, have skyrocketed in recent months by as much as 80 per cent.

Rental rates for apartments in detached, semi-detached and townhomes were, based on this latest data from listings, 20 per cent lower than the same time last year (now $2,839), while condo rents fell 16 per cent in the same period (now $2,262).

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The annual change in average rent by postal code in downtown Toronto from January 2020 to August 2020.

Purpose-built apartments in the third quarter of 2020 were surprisingly down very marginally, only three per cent from Q3 2019 (now $2,122).

Still, these are some of the lowest prices residents have seen in years in one of the world's most notoriously expensive cities, especially when we're used to prices rising both month-over-month and year-over-year — and experts speculate that they will likely keep decreasing.

Factors for this change include more supply, less immigration, an exodus of people moving elsewhere now that they are able to work from home instead of a downtown office, travel restrictions, relocation due to financial precarity, and an influx of former short-term rental units into the long-term market.

"There has been much discussion surrounding the drop in rents downtown due to the shutdown of many of the office towers, and a reduction in demand for short-term rentals," the report reads.

It adds that "with Ryerson and U of T downtown, as well as several other colleges, many students decided to stay with their parents, or move back with their parents to save money and learn virtually."

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