the february 2022 liv rent report

February 2022 Vancouver Rent Report


  • Average rent for unfurnished, one-bedroom units across Metro Vancouver is now $1,840 – setting another yearly high.
  • Rent for furnished, one-bedroom units in Vancouver increased an average of 20.40% this February
  • West Vancouver now has the most expensive average rent for an unfurnished, one-bedroom unit, at $2,212 this month

Vancouver rental rates continue their gradual ascent this February, with average rent across Metro Vancouver up $13 since January to now sit at $1,840.

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Let’s take a look now at the current rental costs and overarching trends in Vancouver for February 2022. Don’t forget, you can download the entire report as a one-page infographic PDF below.

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Average rent across Metro Vancouver

Rental prices in Vancouver seemingly can’t be slowed, gaining an average of $13 this February after months of steadily climbing. Metro Vancouver’s average rent is now at $1,840, up from their already high January levels. This increase was largely led by cities like Langley and New Westminster, which both saw significant upward trends this month.

rental trends in vancouver for the february 2022 liv rent report

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Month-to-month rent change

As we’ve typically seen over the past few months, furnished rentals experienced the majority of Metro Vancouver’s rental price action in February 2022. Unfurnished units remained comparatively unchanged apart from a few key areas.

The average price of furnished units in Richmond has dipped by -10.00% this month after a massive +68.40% increase in January. West Vancouver has returned to its December levels, falling -31.00% month-to-month, while Coquitlam maintains its high rental prices this month with just a +1.00% increase for furnished units.

In terms of unfurnished units, Langley and New Westminster saw a notable increase of +10.10% and 10.00%, respectively, while prices in Burnaby have fallen an average of -15.80% since last month.

Prices of furnished units soared in Vancouver this February, up +20.40% since last month. Unfurnished units didn’t budge much, up just +0.60% this February.

percentage change in rental prices across metro vancouver via the february 2022 liv rent report

Income-to-rent ratio

We gather data on renters’ income-to-rent ratio quarterly and our most recent data shows that renters in Vancouver who use liv.rent are paying, on average, 40.17% of their income towards rent.

While traditional financial advice would be to spend no more than 30% of your income on rent, this advice is perhaps not well suited to the realities of renting in cities like Vancouver.

Still, landlords and property managers should look to see that a tenant can reasonably afford rent compared to how much money they make as part of their tenant screening process.

income to rent ratio for the vancouver february 2022 liv rent report

Rent per square foot

Where’s the cheapest place to rent in Metro Vancouver by how much space you get? In February, the most affordable places for square footage are Surrey, Langley and West Vancouver while the most expensive is, unsurprisingly, Vancouver itself.

Overall, the average rent per square foot in Metro Vancouver is $2.59 while in Toronto it’s $2.11.

average rent across metro vancouver for the february 2022 liv rent report

Renter demographics

Our liv.rent renter demographics have seen a significant shift in recent months, with more and more renters from different age groups now using the platform. We’re now seeing a much more even spread, particularly with the recent influx of renters aged 35+. With that being said, the majority of renters that make up our community are between the ages of 25-34.

renter demographics on the liv rent platform part of the february 2022 vancouver rent report

Pet-friendly rentals

We’re proud to say that liv.rent continues to be the rental platform with the most pet-friendly rentals. In February, other rental platforms had 29% of units available that were pet-friendly while on liv.rent, 37% of units were pet-friendly.

pet friendly rentals vs other platforms via the liv rent report for february 2022

Average unfurnished vs. furnished rates

The price difference between average rent for furnished and unfurnished units is now $259 this February. For a few months, renters could find furnished units for nearly the same price as unfurnished ones, but this trend looks to have reversed and returned to normal.

average rent for furnished vs unfurnished units via the february 2022 liv rent report

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City breakdown 

Since rent in Metro Vancouver varies, we’ve broken up our data by municipality/city so you can compare the cost of one, two, and three-bedroom rates for both furnished and unfurnished units.

  • Furnished three-bedroom units in North Vancouver now go for an average of $4,093 per month in rent.
  • Langley is now the most affordable city for unfurnished one-bedroom rentals, at an average of just $1,433 for February.
  • West Vancouver continues to have the most expensive rent for unfurnished one-bedroom units, at $2,212 this month.
average rent by listing type for unfurnished listings in vancouver via the february 2022 liv rent report
average rent by listing type for furnished listings in vancouver via the february 2022 liv rent report

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Neighbourhood breakdown

We’ve broken down Vancouver into its individual neighbourhoods for a more complete look at the city’s rental markets. For a further breakdown of neighbourhoods in municipalities and cities outside of Vancouver, be sure to download our complete Rent Report.

Let’s take a look now at some of the latest averages from Vancouver’s many unique neighbourhoods. This month, Kitsilano is the most expensive place to rent a one-bedroom unit, at $2,230 compared to Downtown’s $2,217.

Take a look at our breakdown by neighbourhood for unfurnished units in Vancouver here. For the complete report, including furnished rentals for Vancouver neighbourhoods as well as full information for other cities in Metro Vancouver, be sure to download your copy below.

average rent by vancouver neighbourhood via the february 2022 liv rent report

Most expensive cities in Canada

Vancouver continues its tenure as the most expensive place to be a renter when it comes to unfurnished one-bedroom units, with a $1,840 average for the entirety of Metro Vancouver.

Average rent in Toronto has regained its footing after dipping to just $1,678 in January, though Victoria is just behind in third place with an average of $1,750 this month.

most expensive cities to rent in canada via the february 2022 liv rent report

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Greg Park, B.A.

Creative Content Writer at liv.rent

Greg Park is a Creative Content Writer here at liv.rent who shares insights and news with our community of landlords and tenants. [Read Full Bio]

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