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SHORT-TERM PROPERTY RENTALS START TO REBOUND AS ECONOMY REOPENS

Posted in Industry Trends, Newsworthy

SHORT-TERM PROPERTY RENTALS START TO REBOUND AS ECONOMY REOPENS

Airbnb and Vrbo bookings in major Canadian cities are increasing as the economy reopens and travel restrictions ease. The number of booked nights has risen steadily since hitting a low in February when the country had a surge in COVID-19 cases, according to new data from AirDNA, a research firm for real estate investors and property managers. In Toronto, booked nights climbed 32 per cent to 38,486 from February to June, 2021, while booked nights in Vancouver rose 66 per cent to 22,032 over the...

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RENT INCREASES PREDICTED FOR METRO VANCOUVER AS CANADA PREPARES TO REOPEN ITS BORDERS

Posted in Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates

RENT INCREASES PREDICTED FOR METRO VANCOUVER AS CANADA PREPARES TO REOPEN ITS BORDERS

When Peter Dowdy, 35, and his wife were on the hunt for a temporary rental apartment in Vancouver at the beginning of the pandemic, he couldn’t believe his luck. The couple had sold their apartment and were looking for a six-month lease while they searched for a new home to buy. “Analysts claimed that rental rates had dropped significantly by about a third or so, and that was pretty consistent with our own experience,” Dowdy said. They managed to pay $2,750 per month to rent...

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RENTING IN CANADA POST-COVID

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

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RENTING IN CANADA POST-COVID

The pandemic has changed more than our makeup routines and work-from-home wardrobes — it’s sparked serious changes in Canada’s housing market. Home prices skyrocketed throughout much of 2020 and into the start of 2021, fuelled by low supply, high demand, and record-low interest rates. Only as of spring did we start to see signs of a slight cooling off, even though prices are still desperately out of reach for most of us. The rental market is a different story: Rents across the country started...

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RENT CONTROL IS NOW A NOVA SCOTIA ELECTION ISSUE BUT ITS EFFECTIVENESS REMAINS QUESTIONED

Posted in Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates

RENT CONTROL IS NOW A NOVA SCOTIA ELECTION ISSUE BUT ITS EFFECTIVENESS REMAINS QUESTIONED

Nova Scotia’s emergency rent cap will expire in the next seven months, and as the provincial election campaign gets underway, party leaders are explaining their plans to make Nova Scotia affordable for those who rent their homes. On Tuesday morning, the NDP made a platform promise of permanent rent control through legislation called the ‘Rental Fairness and Affordability Act.’ It would set the previous tenant’s rent as the base for increases, tie allowable annual increases to a measure like...

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THE GTA’S AFFORDABILITY CRISIS IS COSTING THE ECONOMY UP TO $8 BILLION EACH YEAR

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

THE GTA’S AFFORDABILITY CRISIS IS COSTING THE ECONOMY UP TO $8 BILLION EACH YEAR

A new report from the Toronto Region Board of Trade and WoodGreen found that the affordability crisis is costing the GTA economy and GTA employers anywhere from $5.88 billion to $7.98 billion per year. Over a five-year period, this comes out to $29.4 billion to $37.9 billion. There are a number of principal causes for this loss, according to the report, with migration out of the GTA due to unaffordable housing prices being the biggest factor. Workers leaving the area for other regions of the...

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TENANT GROUP, NEW OWNERS SQUARE OFF OVER VANIER ‘RENO-VICTIONS’

Posted in Affordable Housing, Evictions, Housing, Landlord and Tenant Board, Newsworthy, Renovations, Tenancy Law

TENANT GROUP, NEW OWNERS SQUARE OFF OVER VANIER ‘RENO-VICTIONS’

A group of holdout tenants from two Vanier apartment blocks say they’re being unfairly “reno-victed” from their homes by the buildings’ new owners. The owners, however, say they’ve done their best to accommodate tenants and that the buildings were infested with rodents and bed bugs and had been flagged by the Ontario Fire Marshal for “numerous fire safety issues.” Several of the residents have lived in the two six-unit buildings at 249 and 253 Pères-Blancs Avenue for more than 30 years.Mark...

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AS COVID EASES, RENTAL PRICES RISE IN CALGARY AND OTHER CITIES

Posted in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates

AS COVID EASES, RENTAL PRICES RISE IN CALGARY AND OTHER CITIES

The average rental price of homes in Calgary rose in June, following similar trends in most major markets across Canada. The median monthly rental price for a single-bedroom unit in the city grew by 1.9 per cent in June to an average of $1,239. The average two-bedroom unit grew by 0.5 per cent to $1,537, according to a report released this week by Rentals.ca and Bullpen Research and Consulting. Paul Danison, a spokesman for Rentals.ca, said with COVID-19 cases dropping, restrictions easing and...

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QUEBEC CITY 1-BDRM RENT WAS RANKED CHEAPEST IN CANADA – MONTREAL’S WAS 11TH MOST EXPENSIVE

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QUEBEC CITY 1-BDRM RENT WAS RANKED CHEAPEST IN CANADA – MONTREAL’S WAS 11TH MOST EXPENSIVE

The provincial capital has been named the least expensive place to rent out of the top 24 most populous metropolitan areas in Canada, with a one-bedroom apartment going for a very reasonable $790, according to Zumper’s monthly Canadian Rent Report. That’s $90 cheaper than the next most affordable city, St. John’s, N.L. — where the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $880 — despite Quebec City seeing the largest monthly rental growth rate in the country at 5.3%. On the...

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THE AVERAGE COST OF RENT IN CANADIAN CITIES FOR JULY

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THE AVERAGE COST OF RENT IN CANADIAN CITIES FOR JULY

As we enter the halfway point of July, Zumper reports that the Canadian rental market seems to be “recovering steadily” as the trend of growing rent prices in the majority of markets has continued for the past couple of months. The apartment rental website says it analyzed hundreds of thousands of listings to examine median rent prices across the 24 latest cities in Canada. For the first time, Toronto fell out of the top two markets and now ranks as the country’s fourth most expensive rental...

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OVERHAULING CANADA’S BUILDINGS COULD ADD $48B TO THE ECONOMY

Posted in HVAC / Mechanical, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Renovations, Retrofit

OVERHAULING CANADA’S BUILDINGS COULD ADD $48B TO THE ECONOMY

A “renovation wave” to decarbonize Canada’s buildings could not only make homes more livable, but inject $48 billion into the Canadian economy over the next 20 years. That’s according to a new report by the Pembina Institute, a non-profit clean energy think tank, which also finds the upgrades could create 200,000 jobs while making a sufficient dent in carbon emissions. Nationwide, the federal government says as much as 17 per cent of emissions comes from buildings. Retrofits, which are...

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