It may not come as a surprise that Toronto is at the top of the list once again for the highest rent in Canada in the latest national rent report released by Rentals.ca. But there are plenty of other noteworthy trends from the November report. Not least, certain cities outside the GTA have seen huge rent increases over the last 12 months, and one is climbing at a particularly alarming rate.
Now, we all know that Toronto and the GTA are crippling expensive in some areas.
But, in the full report released by Rentals.ca and Bullpen Research and Consulting looking back at October figures, it turns out one Ontario city is outstripping the rest in terms of the increasing price of rent.
Hamilton, Ontario, has seen the average rent rate for condos and rental apartments rise by nearly a quarter of its total in the space of a single year.
In fact, eight cities out of the top 10 listed for annual rent increase are in Ontario, including all of the top seven.
Aside from table-topping Hamilton and Scarborough, London, Markham, North York, Etobicoke, and Burlington all feature prominently.
Meanwhile, according to the report, Ontario had the highest rental rates in October on a provincial level.
As landlords seek about $2,334 per month on average, the provincial average actually went up by 9.1% in a year from $2,139 back in October of 2018.
We imagine the news that Ontario has the highest provincial rate of rent probably comes as a surprise to precisely nobody, to be honest.