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PARTNERSHIP SEEKS TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS FOR TORONTO’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS

Posted in Affordable Housing, CMHC, Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates

PARTNERSHIP SEEKS TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS FOR TORONTO’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS

A new partnership between the public, private and non-profit sectors will create much needed affordable rental housing for single mothers in Toronto and provide a model that can be replicated to help others facing similar challenges. Sun Life, Daniels, WoodGreen and the City of Toronto made the announcement Feb. 12. “None of us have any doubt that we have been facing an affordable housing crisis for a very long time in Toronto, but also across the country. There is also no doubt that the...

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SAINT JOHN ADDS RECORD NUMBER OF APARTMENTS BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO MEET DEMAND

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SAINT JOHN ADDS RECORD NUMBER OF APARTMENTS BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO MEET DEMAND

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) says the vacancy rate dropped to 3.1 percent in 2020 from 3.3 percent a year earlier. David Dobbelsteyn said the tightening rental market came despite a record 228 new apartment units added in the city in 2020. “What this means is that development has not yet kept up with demand, so this is a good and bad thing,” Dobbelsteyn told members of the city’s growth committee this week. “It’s not good because lower vacancy rates tend to correlate with...

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$7.6M IN RENT ARREARS PILE UP ON LONDON TENANTS AS WORKING POOR STRUGGLE

Posted in CMHC, Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates, Vacancy Rates

$7.6M IN RENT ARREARS PILE UP ON LONDON TENANTS AS WORKING POOR STRUGGLE

With $7.6 million in unpaid rent and thousands of units in arrears last year, the London area nearly topped a list of Ontario communities where people fell behind, second only to Toronto. Rental arrears were part of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s annual rental report for the first time, and London clocked in with 8,130 units where tenants had fallen behind on rent. That’s about 16 per cent of all units in the London census metropolitan area (CMA), which covers London, St. Thomas,...

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OVER 100,000 CANADIAN RENTERS AT HIGH RISK OF DEFAULT: IS A HOUSING CORRECTION COMING?

Posted in CMHC, Coronavirus, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates, Vacancy Rates

OVER 100,000 CANADIAN RENTERS AT HIGH RISK OF DEFAULT: IS A HOUSING CORRECTION COMING?

The data released by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) regarding rent in arrears at purpose-built rentals in 2020 doesn’t look good. In October 2020, 125,200 Canadians were behind on rent. The figure represents nearly 6.11% of private rental stock, while the total past-due rent is around $156.79 million. This new development might impact the Canadian real estate market, which has defied gravity, despite the national lockdowns and the global pandemic. Will growth return to more...

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HOUSING CO-OPS INCLUDED IN CANADIAN RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUNDING

Posted in Affordable Housing, CMHC, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

HOUSING CO-OPS INCLUDED IN CANADIAN RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUNDING

The Canadian government announced Temporary Rental Assistance funding of up to CA$15m to support social housing organizations, including housing co-ops, in providing affordable accommodation to persons of low income. Launched on 1 February, the scheme is an exceptional one-time assistance that will be offered to providers of non-profit and co-operative housing between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022. Ahmed Hussen, minister of families, children and social development and minister responsible...

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GOVERNMENTS NEED TO MAKE THE TAX AND DEVELOPMENT CLIMATE BETTER FOR RENTAL INVESTMENT

Posted in Affordable Housing, Association News, CMHC, Coronavirus, Development, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Vacancy Rates

GOVERNMENTS NEED TO MAKE THE TAX AND DEVELOPMENT CLIMATE BETTER FOR RENTAL INVESTMENT

According to CMHC, the average rental vacancy rate in major centres across Canada increased from 2.0% in October 2019 to 3.2% in October 2020. According to CFAA’s members, vacancy rates generally increased in the city centres and university towns, while staying flat in suburbs and in smaller centres which do not serve universities or colleges. CFAA President, John Dickie, says, “Despite the increase in vacancy rates due to COVID-19, there remains an underlying shortage of rental housing,...

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TORONTO RENTAL VACANCY RATE INCREASES TO RECORD HIGH

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TORONTO RENTAL VACANCY RATE INCREASES TO RECORD HIGH

Urbanation’s survey of newer purpose-built rental apartment projects that have been completed in the City of Toronto since 2005 reported a vacancy rate of 5.7% in Q4-2020, increasing from 1.1% in Q4-2019. The latest surveyed rental vacancy rate represents a 50-year high when examining historical CMHC survey data for Toronto back to 1971.  In the 905 region of the Greater Toronto Area, vacancy rates increased from 0.8% in Q4-2019 to 2.0% in Q4-2020. The still low vacancy rate in the 905 can be...

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RHBTV SEASON 2 EPISODE 16

Posted in Association News, CMHC, Coronavirus, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates, Vacancy Rates

RHBTV SEASON 2 EPISODE 16

We sit down with Rena Malkah, President of CYR Funding who details changes to CMHC’s mortgage insurance along with available private financing options. Kevin Russell, Executive Director – IPOANS, who answers questions about rent control and updates us on the Halifax market. Lastly, an Angus Reid Survey on Isolation, Loneliness and Covid-19 – how the Pandemic leads to sharp increases in mental health challenges and social woes. WATCH...

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VACANCY TAXES PUT MORE RENTAL CONDOS IN METRO VANCOUVER MARKET: CMHC STUDY

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VACANCY TAXES PUT MORE RENTAL CONDOS IN METRO VANCOUVER MARKET: CMHC STUDY

The Canada Mortgage Housing Corp. says more than 11,000 condos were added to rental market in Metro Vancouver last year, spurred in part by taxes on empty homes. The CMHC report was released as Vancouver council voted Wednesday to increase its empty homes tax from 1.25 per cent to three per cent for next year. The study says of the 11,118 units, 2,294 were new condos and were rented out by investors, while 8,824 were being used by their owners for another purpose and are now being offered as...

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IT’S PAST TIME TO IMPROVE RENTAL MARKET DATA REPORTING

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IT’S PAST TIME TO IMPROVE RENTAL MARKET DATA REPORTING

A long time ago when the Earth was green, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) provided twice-annual rental market reports for cities across Canada. They didn’t come often enough, but it certainly beat the annual reports landlords, tenants, policymakers and housing authorities must now rely on. CMHC, let us note, is a federal Crown corporation providing mortgage insurance and various real estate market reports to the public. It does manage to keep a close monthly eye on housing starts and...

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