December 2020 Vancouver Rent Report

Rental Trends in December 2020 

As we enter enter the final month of an unusual year, Vancouverites have grown accustomed to working and studying at home. Businesses have adjusted to COVID-19 restrictions and continue to persevere. As we take a closer look at the reported average rent prices across the Greater Vancouver Area for December, based on data gathered from numerous listing websites and our own liv.rent platform, we see some upticks in rental rates in certain areas. 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, July-December time frame. The average rent for unfurnished, 1 bedroom apartments seem to have stabilized with only a slight dip in November.

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Month-to-Month Rent Change

The greatest volatility continues to affect the furnished rental market which is typically shorter-term rentals for travelling professionals, international students, or temporary visitors. This month, the trend continues in some parts of Greater Vancouver with West Vancouver experiencing a 16.41% increase in furnished rental rates while South Vancouver seeing a 4.64% decrease in these rates. Interestingly, North Vancouver saw a decrease of 3.37% in prices for furnished rentals after a rise of 4.6% last month – suggesting a stabilization overall. As for unfurnished rentals, the city of Surrey experienced the largest dip at 3.78% while Downtown Vancouver saw a 4.51% uptick since November.


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 – 37% – of their income on rent this past quarter.

Rent per Square Foot

Rent per Square Foot is a key indicator of value for money, however, it does not take into account variables like transit accessibility, distance from downtown and rental amenities.



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Renter Demographics

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

Pet-Friendly Rentals

liv.rent continues to host more pet-friendly listings than any other platform with almost 1/3 of listings (27%) willing to welcome household pets vs. 20% on other rental platforms.

Average Unfurnished vs. Furnished Rates 

How much is rent in Vancouver? The average rent in Greater Vancouver for an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment in December was up slightly to $1,687 from November’s $1,674. The average cost of a furnished apartment, however, dipped to $1,822 from November’s $1,833.

Neighbourhood Breakdown 

To assist you in making 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 $1,357, down from November’s average of $1,410. In comparison, Downtown Vancouver’s rent average of $2,010 was up from November’s $1,923 – a sign of some improvement in the rental market.


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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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