Hire costs resumed their upward trajectory in December, ending the 12 months 8.6% increased from a 12 months in the past.

The typical hire worth for all unit varieties rose to $2,178, in keeping with knowledge from Leases.ca‘s newest month-to-month knowledge. Wanting again over the previous two years, hire costs have risen 22%, or a mean of $390 a month.

“The speed of hire progress in Canada was stronger than anticipated in 2023, primarily attributable to a surge in non-permanent residents, a resilient financial system, and a pointy pullback in residence shopping for exercise,” mentioned Shaun Hildebrand, President of Urbanation.

“Whereas rents are anticipated to proceed rising in 2024, there must be much less upward strain in the marketplace this 12 months as demand will increase at a considerably slower velocity and extra provide is added.”

2024 rental market outlook: anticipate extra reasonable progress

In its report, Leases.ca forecasts 2024 to be extra balanced, with annual hire worth progress moderating nearer to its 5-year common of round 5%.

Extra inexpensive markets, like Alberta, ought to see above-average hire will increase all year long, whereas costlier markets, together with B.C. and Ontario, are more likely to see rents develop under the nationwide common.

Nonetheless, Leases.ca says the nation’s rental market is more likely to stay under-supplied.

“Rental demand is anticipated to stay sturdy, experiencing some moderation in comparison with 2023 attributable to a slowing financial system, a diminished variety of non-permanent residents, and an enchancment in homebuying exercise as rates of interest start to say no,” the report notes.

It added {that a} continued rise in house completions and an anticipated enhance in tenant turnover this 12 months “ought to add extra provide to the market within the close to time period and assist mood hire progress.”

Alberta noticed quickest progress in hire costs

Alberta as soon as once more posted the quickest year-over-year enhance in hire costs, which have been up 15.6% to $1,691 in December.

Quebec (+10%) and Saskatchewan (+10%) additionally continued to see sturdy worth progress within the 12 months.

Hire costs have been decrease in Nova Scotia (-2%) in December, though this adopted a 31.4% hire worth surge within the earlier 12 months. Rents have been additionally down barely in British Columbia (-1.4%), which stays the nation’s costliest rental market with a mean asking hire of $2,500.

Slowdown in hire costs in Toronto and Vancouver

Cities in Western Canada continued to see the quickest tempo of hire worth progress in December, aside from Quebec Metropolis, the place rents have been up 18.9%. In Calgary, rents rose 14% year-over-year, adopted carefully by Edmonton, the place rents rose 13.5%.

Canada’s costliest markets continued to see a moderation in hire worth progress, with asking rents rising simply 2.1% in Toronto and down 0.7% in Vancouver.

Right here’s a take a look at the year-over-year hire will increase in among the nation’s key markets:

    • Calgary, AB: +14% ($2,071)
    • Regina, SK: +13.3% ($1,293)
    • Montreal, QC: +11.3% ($2,019)
    • Ottawa, ON: +7.5% ($2,228)
    • Winnipeg, MB: +5% ($1,558)
    • Toronto, ON: +2.1% ($2,832)
    • Vancouver, B.C.: -0.7% ($3,059)

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