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TORONTO, ONTARIO, April 25, 2017 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,680 condominium apartment lease transactions through TREB’s MLS® System during the first quarter of 2017. This result was up by 3.5 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2016.

The number of condominium apartments listed for rent at some point during the first quarter was up on a year-over-year basis, but by less than one per cent.

“As the population and, by extension, number of households continues to grow in the Greater Toronto Area, the demand for housing increases. Some of this demand is pointed at the rental market, including condominium apartments that owners have chosen to rent out to tenants. The problem is that the supply of units available for rent has not kept up with demand, leading to more competition between renters and strong upward pressure on average rents,” said Mr. Cerqua.

The average one-bedroom condominium apartment rent for the TREB market area as a whole was up by 7.8 per cent to $1,791. The average two-bedroom rent was up by 6.8 per cent to $2,432.

“It is important to remember that the rental market meets the housing needs for a substantial number of GTA residents, including newcomers to Canada who choose to settle in the region. As a result, the rental market often falls under the public policy lens. Policies pointed at the rental market should be based on solid empirical evidence and should not hamper the supply of rental listings, which has been the main issue impacting renters over the last year,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.