October 2022 rent report for Metro Vancouver from liv.rent

October 2022 Metro Vancouver Rent Report


  • Metro Vancouver’s average rent price for an unfurnished, one-bedroom unit has increased by just $9 this October, to $2,256.
  • Metro Vancouver renters are now spending 51.37% of their monthly income on rent, considerably above the recommended 30% income-to-rent ratio.
  • All of Canada’s most expensive cities are now in B.C., with Burnaby also making it into the top four this October.

As we emerge from the peak renting season, average rent prices across Metro Vancouver have climbed slightly – though not nearly to the extent we’ve seen throughout the summer. This year, with interest rates continuing to climb and vacancy rates remaining low, we could see prices remain high throughout the rest of the year, although we do expect the usual dip once the colder months hit.

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Let’s take a look now at the current rental costs and overarching trends in Vancouver for October 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

October sees Metro Vancouver’s average rent prices continuing to rise, albeit just barely. As the dust settles following the busy summer renting season, we’re starting to see rent prices settle in once again, just above the $2,250 mark. Between September and October 2022, Metro Vancouver’s average rent climbed just $9, from $2,247 to $2,256 this month. With students now settled in their new rentals and the hyper-competitive summer months now drawing to a close, we should see prices hold steady or begin to decline throughout the remainder of the year. We’ll take a closer look at the trends driving this change throughout this report.

rental trends for unfurnished one bedroom units in Metro Vancouver part of the October 2022 Vancouver rent report

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Month-to-month rent change

Though the aggregate, region-wide changes in average rent may have been negligible, Metro Vancouver’s individual cities & municipalities were quite volatile, with some significant changes in certain areas.

Looking at unfurnished units, West Vancouver is once again a notable outlier this month with a massive -14.61% decline. Burnaby, on the other hand, saw an almost equally large +13.20% increase month-to-month. Richmond also followed up a relatively large average rent price decrease of -11.88% last month with a +6.07% increase this October, while Surrey likewise recouped declines in price over the past few months, rising another +6.68%. In Vancouver itself, average rent prices fell by -2.52%.

For furnished units, average rent prices held a bit steadier as a whole, though there were some large-scale changes in certain areas. The most significant of these, without a doubt, was Burnaby–where the average rent for furnished units increased by almost a third, at +30.42% month-to-month. West Vancouver also saw prices climb this October, up +13.21% from the previous month. Other notable changes occurred in Richmond (+6.82%), New Westminster (-6.21%), Coquitlam (+5.88%), Surrey (+5.61%), and North Vancouver (+5.37%). In Vancouver itself, furnished rentals increased in average price by an even +4.00%.

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

Income-to-rent ratio

We gather data on renters’ income-to-rent ratio every month, and our most recent data shows that renters in Vancouver who use liv.rent are paying, on average, a shocking 51.37% 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 – especially as prices continue their rapid climb due to Canada’s rising interest rates.

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 in metro vancouver via the October 2022 liv rent report

Rent per square foot

Where’s the cheapest place to rent in Metro Vancouver by how much space you get? This October, the least expensive cities for square footage are North Vancouver, Surrey, New Westminster, and Langley, while the most expensive city this month is Vancouver itself.

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

Renter demographics

On liv.rent, our renter demographics have seen a significant shift over the past year, 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+ as well as increased representation from the younger, under-25 demographic. 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 October 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. This August, other rental platforms had just 23.00% of units available that were pet-friendly while on liv.rent, 51.00% of listed units were pet-friendly.

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

Average unfurnished vs. furnished rates

This September, furnished, one-bedroom units rented for considerably more on average than their unfurnished counterparts. As of this month, unfurnished one-bedroom units are, on average, $120 less expensive than furnished units. This indicates that landlords who choose to rent their units furnished will be able to charge a good deal for rent, likely as a result of increased demand for short-term rentals.

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

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City breakdown 

Metro Vancouver’s rental averages vary greatly across the region, so we’ve broken up our data by municipality/city to compare the cost of one-, two-, and three-bedroom rates for both furnished and unfurnished units in different areas.

  • West Vancouver once again had the most expensive average rent prices for an unfurnished, one-bedroom unit this month, at $2,828.
  • Langley extends its now four-month streak as the cheapest place to rent both unfurnished and furnished one-bedroom units, at $1,780 and $1,927, respectively.
  • Furnished units in Vancouver were particularly expensive this month, at $3,109, $4,779, and $5,787 for one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, respectively.
average rent by listing type for unfurnished listings in Vancouver via the October 2022 liv rent report
average rent by listing type for furnished listings in Vancouver via the October 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 individual 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 October, Arbutus has become Vancouver’s most expensive neighbourhood at an average of $2,800 for an unfurnished, one-bedroom unit, while the same type of unit rented for an average of $2,072 in Vancouver’s cheapest neighbourhood, Point Grey/UBC.

You can take a look at our neighbourhood breakdown 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 October 2022 liv rent report

Most expensive cities in Canada

West Vancouver once again tops Vancouver as Canada’s most expensive city to rent in terms of unfurnished one-bedroom units, with the average one-bedroom, unfurnished unit in the municipality going for $2,828. North Vancouver has also made it onto the list this month in third place, with a monthly average rent of $2,499. Vancouver once again slots in at second-place, while Burnaby also makes it onto our list this October. This month is particularly notable, as it marks the first time in recent memory we’ve had an all-B.C. list of the most expensive cities in Canada.

most expensive cities to rent in Canada via the October 2022 liv rent report

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Data collection methodology

Our monthly rent reports use data from our own liv.rent listings, as well as data our team manually collects from other popular listing sites. For our Vancouver and Toronto Rent Reports, we look at Craigslist, Kijiji, Zumper, PadMapper, and Realtor.ca – as well as our own listings. For Montreal, we use PadMapper, Centris, and DuProprio, looking at available basement suites, apartments, condos, townhouses, semi-detached houses, and single-detached houses for each area.

When collecting this data, we do exclude luxury properties listed at over $5,000, as well as rooms for rent and shared accommodation. Investing in manual data collection means that we only consider the current month’s listing, since we can filter out duplicate listings and older ads that haven’t been removed.

Another key difference between our data collection methods and some government agencies like the CMHC is that we only include current asking rent prices. Many official reports will include data for entire buildings in their reports, which tends to skew numbers lower since many units are already occupied, and may be rent-controlled or rented for significantly lower than the current rates.

As we are a Canadian rental platform founded and based in Vancouver, we want to ensure that we’re providing a completely accurate depiction of the rental market in the cities we look at.



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Greg Park, B.A.

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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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