May 2020 Montreal Rent Report

Montreal Rent Trends

Let’s take a closer look at the average rent in Montreal, rent trends, and renter demographics based on May 2020’s figures. The numbers collected this month were the first during a complete COVID-19 pandemic period and point to a sustained downward pressure on rental rates.

(NOTE: We did not create a rent report for Montreal in April so comparisons will be with March figures.)

May 2020 Montreal Rent Report, May 2020 Montreal rent prices

Month-to-Month Rent Change

Below we show the percentage change in average rent from March to May’s figures. The biggest decrease was in Plateau Mt. Ryal where rent averages for unfurnished apartments went down by 12.80% while Saint Laurent saw a 16.30% increase in rates for unfurnished apartments.

May 2020 Montreal Rent Report, May 2020 Montreal rent prices

Montreal Unfurnished vs. Furnished Rent Averages

The average rent in Montreal for an unfurnished one bedroom apartment in March is $1,377 down from March’s $1,413. The average cost of a furnished apartment dropped too, to $1,643 from March’s $1,728.

May 2020 Montreal Rent Report, May 2020 Montreal rent prices

Neighbourhood Breakdown

To assist you in your rental decision, here is a breakdown of rental averages across other Greater Montreal neighbourhoods. Comparing 1, 2, and 3 bedroom rates for both unfurnished and furnished listings across each neighbourhood.

May 2020 Montreal Rent Report, May 2020 Montreal rent prices

The Montreal neighbourhood of Verdun had the lowest average rent in the region with a 1 bedroom, unfurnished unit costing $1,208/month, actually up from March’s $1,182, while Downtown was the most expensive, with an average rent of $1,553 down from March’s $1,588.

May 2020 Montreal Rent Report, May 2020 Montreal rent prices

May 2020 Montreal Rent Report, May 2020 Montreal rent prices

Most Expensive Cities in Canada

The cost of living in Montreal compared to other Canadian cities is relatively low making it an attractive option for many.  The economy and job market are strong in addition to highly competitive rents making it an attractive choice for young people particularly.

COVID-19 Resources

For information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and landlords and tenants, refer to our comprehensive resource posts for landlords and tenants. They include information on the various federal and provincial assistance initiatives available to help support landlords (small business relief) and tenants (rent relief):

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May 2020 Montreal Rent Report, May 2020 Montreal rent prices

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Compare to other cities’ May Rent Reports:

May 2020 Toronto Rent Report

May 2020 Vancouver Rent Report

See previous month’s Rent Reports:

April Vancouver Rental Report

April 2020 Toronto Rental Report

March 2020 Montreal Rental Report


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