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GTA rent prices just saw their biggest increase so far this year

If you thought Toronto rent couldn't get any more expensive, you probably don't want to read the findings from liv.rent's new June report, because somehow prices increased yet again — with the biggest GTA month-to-month rent increase reported so far this year.

The average rental price for one-bedroom unfurnished units in the GTA has increased by $140 this month, according to the report, reaching a new yearly high of $1,945. In downtown Toronto specifically, an unfurnished, one-bedroom unit now costs an average of $2,103 per month.

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Rental trend in the GTA. Source: liv.rent

"The warmer months nearly always bring higher rent prices across Canada's rental markets, and this June is no different," reads the report. "Prices increased in nearly every GTA municipality this month, particularly for unfurnished rentals."

Markham (13.04 per cent), Vaughan-Richmond Hill (12.95 per cent), Mississauga (8.29 per cent) and North York (4.17 per cent) all saw some of the most significant month-to-month increases, compared to downtown Toronto's gain of 3.12 per cent. 

According to the report, there were no declines in prices for unfurnished, one-bedroom units in any Ontario municipalities this month.

It's a similar story for furnished rentals, with the most significant increase reported in Brampton (17.55 per cent), Markham (16.67 per cent) and downtown Toronto (11.34 per cent). There were some declines in this category, however, the most significant of which were in North York (-8.84 per cent) and Mississauga (2.93 per cent).

"For a while now, the gap in average rent prices for furnished and unfurnished renters has been narrowing in the GTA," notes the report. 

"This June, furnished one-bedroom units are just barely more expensive than unfurnished ones, by only $37. Though this is just an average, it does signal that renters won’t save as much as usual by bringing their own furniture with them."

Brampton held onto its title of the least expensive GTA municipality, according to the report, while — shocker — downtown Toronto remains the most expensive.

Lead photo by

Jack Landau


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