September 2020 Vancouver Rent Report

Rental Trends in September 2020 

As schools reopen and more and more people head back to work, we take a closer look at the reported average rent prices across the Greater Vancouver Area for September. Based on data gathered from numerous listing websites and our own platform, our rent reports seek to identify and share key market data and trends, to help inform and educate landlords and tenants alike.

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Average Rent across Greater Vancouver

Here we see the average rent of a 1 bedroom, unfurnished apartment over the 6-month, April-September time frame. The average rent for unfurnished, 1 bedroom apartments seems to have stabilized with only a hint of downward pressure in September.

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Month-to-Month Rent Change

As in previous months during the pandemic, the largest decreases were seen in the furnished rental market which is typically shorter-term rentals for travelling professionals, international students, or temporary visitors. This month, the trend continues for most of Greater Vancouver with Burnaby being the only exception – seeing a 5.75% increase in furnished rental rates. New Westminster saw the largest drop in prices – a decrease of 7.01% for furnished rentals.

Income to Rent Ratio

An Income to Rent Ratio determines the percentage of monthly or annual gross income a tenant applies to rent payments. This month we share this quarterly metric with our readers. As evidenced below, renters across the Lower Mainland spent a significant portion – 45% – of their income on rent this past quarter.

Rent per Square Foot

Rent per Square Foot is another new dataset we have been introducing to our monthly Rent Reports. It is a key indicator of value for money, however, it does not take into account variables like transit accessibility and rental amenities.

Renter Demographics

In September, the vast majority of rental seekers, 45%, fell into the 25-34 yr old category while 30% were in the under 25 categories.

Pet-Friendly Rentals continues to host more pet-friendly listings than any other platform with 26% of listings willing to house pets.

Average Unfurnished vs. Furnished Rates 

How much is rent in Vancouver? The average rent in Vancouver for an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment in September was $1,650 down slightly from August’s $1,660. The average cost of a furnished apartment crept down too, to $1,824 from August’s $1,838.

Neighbourhood Breakdown 

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

Surrey continues to have the lowest average rent in the Vancouver area for a 1 bedroom, unfurnished unit at $1,356 up slightly from August’s average of $1,331. In comparison, Downtown Vancouver’s rent average of $1,968 is down a bit from August’s $1,987.

Most Expensive Cities in Canada

The cost of living in Vancouver remains high as compared to every other Canadian city, except Toronto.

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COVID-19 Resources 

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