July 2021 Toronto Rent Report

  • Average rent for furnished and unfurnished units in the GTA is the same.
  • In some areas like North York & Etobicoke furnished units are more expensive than unfurnished.
  • Overall, rents are largely unchanged since last month and there’s a bit of a summer slow down, except for two areas (Brampton & Richmond Hill/Vaughan) where it dipped slightly (-5.61% and -4.39%, respectively)

It’s July, and as Canadians are enjoying a long weekend and filling their calendars with more summer plans, liv.rent is here to continue reporting on the cost of rent in the cities we love.

Each month, we share our data on the actual cost of rent in Toronto with our community. Inside this report, which you can also download in full below, you’ll find a curious insight for July 2021 about the cost of renting furnished vs. unfurnished rentals.

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When we started 2021, rent prices were lower than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. But what does rent look like now that people are getting vaccines and provinces are opening up? Read our report to learn more:

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Rental averages for a one-bedroom unfurnished apartment in Toronto seem to have dipped slightly and are back at levels we saw in February and March this year.

May saw a slight increase in the cost of rent, but it’s continued to trend down since then.

Rental trends in Toronto for unfurnished one-bedroom apartments.


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Month-to-month rent change

This chart breaks down the percentage change in rent across all central Toronto neighbourhoods from June 2021 to July 2021.

Unfurnished Toronto rent trends

Primarily, unfurnished rentals were unchanged. We saw the most significant price differences in Brampton (-5.61%) and Vaughan (-4.39%.)

Furnished Toronto rent trends

Across the board, the price of furnished rent dropped except for Mississauga, contributing to an intriguing price difference in furnished vs. unfurnished rentals in Toronto this month.

Percentage change in rental averages from June 2021 to July 2021.

Toronto furnished vs. unfurnished averages

Last month, the gap between furnished and unfurnished Toronto rentals was $27. In July, the averages are tied. We ran the numbers a few times to make sure we had it right!

This current situation is a unique snapshot of the cost of rent in Toronto and an exciting trend we’ll continue to monitor.

Furnished and unfurnished rental averages are tied in Toronto.

Neighbourhood breakdown

Historically, Brampton has been the most affordable GTA neighbourhood, while the most expensive is Downtown.

Such is the case again in July 2021. In Brampton, an unfurnished one-bedroom goes for $1,373 on average, but in Downtown Toronto, the same kind of unit will go for $1,863 — a difference of $490.

Rental market averages are highest in downtown Toronto and lowest in Brampton.

Because Canada’s cities are diverse, we’re breaking down the GTA into its different neighbourhoods to see the price difference listing types: one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units, both unfurnished and furnished.

  • Furnished one-bedroom units are on average $158 less than unfurnished units in North York.
  • Unfurnished three-bedrooms are the cheapest in Scarborough at $2,283.
  • Prices for unfurnished one-bedrooms in Scarborough and Markham are very similar.
Average rental rates by listing type for unfurnished units in Toronto.
Average rental rates by listing type for furnished units in Toronto.


Average rent in Canada

Vancouver is still Canada’s most expensive city to rent, but the gap between its average rental prices and Toronto’s is growing. Since Toronto’s rent dipped while Vancouver’s continued to rise in July, the price difference is now more considerable.

What is the most expensive city in Canada? It's still Vancouver.

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Renting in Ontario

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For information regarding COVID-19, check these posts with 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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