Toronto rents plummet for 12th month in a row and will keep dropping

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According to the latest data on the state of the rental market in Toronto and the rest of the GTA, the region has seen a solid year of steadily declining rent prices as condo units continue to free up amid the health crisis.

A confluence of factors have led to the trend, including stricter operating rules for Airbnbs and bans on short-term vacation rentals implemented at points this year, a forthcoming vacant home tax, and an exodus of people from urban centres as working from home and shutdowns make living in the city and paying city prices less necessary and certainly less appealing.

Once the most expensive city in Canada for tenants, Toronto rent prices were, per the numbers from TorontoRentals.com and Bullpen Research & Consulting's latest GTA Rent Report, nearly 20 per cent lower in November 2020 than they were in the same month of last year, averaging $2,066 for all property types in the downtown core, $2,006 in Etobicoke, $1,861 in East York and $1,860 in Scarborough.

The GTA as a whole saw rent prices hit an average figure that is 16 per cent less than November, with the suburbs around Toronto proper seeing a slightly less significant drop, though drastic nonetheless.

The biggest difference is in, unsurprisingly, condo units, especially one bedrooms: condo apartment rents fell 17.7 per cent from Nov. 2019 to Nov. 2020, followed by rental apartments, which fell 9.1 per cent, and single-family homes, which fell 8 per cent in price.