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March 2021 Montreal Rent Report

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Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson

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Published on March 05, 2021

Last updated on June 24th, 2021

Rental Trends in March 2021 

Before we get carried away into March, we’re going to check in on what Montreal rent really costs on the ground. We made a report based on data from our own platform and other listings websites to help our community of renters and landlords navigate the current rental landscape.

This month marks a difficult anniversary. It’s been about a year since the COVID-19 pandemic turned life as we know it on its head. However, there are still bright spots ahead. After all, spring is here, and we’re about to shed our winter coats. Plus, is coming soon to Montreal — you can sign up for our newsletter to keep up.

This month, our rent report shows all the key rental market data and trends to help keep you informed. Let’s take a look at the actual cost of rent in Montreal this March 2021:

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Average rent across Montreal

Taking a look at the six-month period from October 2020 to March 2021 — it’s clear to see that Montreal’s average cost of rent has significantly dropped overall. Continued downward pressure on rental rates means that it’s dipped to a six-month low in March.

On the west coast in Vancouver, rent has already started to rebound up. And, in Toronto, it’s still declining slowly in a similar way to Montreal.

Rental trends in Montreal: the one bedroom average rent for an unfurnished apartment.

Month-to-month rent change

Looking at the percentage change in average rent from February to March, the overall trend is down with a few remarkable outliers.

The cost of furnished rentals in Notre-Dame (-17.93%) and Villeray (-12.16%) took an astounding drop. Unfurnished rentals continued to drop in most areas, except for St. Henri-Westmount (+2.91,) Verdun (+6.69%,) and Villeray ( +7.19%.)

Montreal's month to month rent change shows the percent change from February to March in different neighbourhoods in the city.

Montreal unfurnished vs. furnished rent averages

The average rent in Montreal for an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment in March stayed pretty static at $1,193 — a two-dollar difference from February’s average of $1,195. The cost of a furnished rental dropped from $1,455 in February down to $1,375 in March.

Rental market averages in Montreal for a furnished and unfurnished one bedroom aparment.

>> Recommended Reading: February 2021 Montreal Rent Report

Neighbourhood breakdown

Let’s look at the different parts of Montreal to see exactly what’s going on with rent in the different neighbourhoods. Ahuntsic-Cartierville continued to have the lowest average rent in the Montreal area with a one-bedroom unfurnished unit costing $929, down from February’s $950.

Of course, it always costs more to rent Downtown. Rents there were $1,473, slightly down from last month’s $1,521.

The one bedroom average rent for an unfurnished home in the most expensive and in the least expensive neighbourhoods.

If we compare rent by listing type, we can see the differences in one, two, and three-bedroom rent rates across each area. Here are some key takeaways:

  • The lowest rent in every category is in Ahuntsic-Cartierville
  • For a two-bedroom furnished unit, rents are comparable in Downtown, Plateau-Mount Royal, and St. Henri-Westmount
  • The gap between furnished and unfurnished can be less than $100 in some neighbourhoods
Montreal's average rates by listing type, unfurnished one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments.
Montreal's average rates by listing type, furnished one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments.

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