(Source: CMHC)

The average rental apartment vacancy rate in Canada’s 35 major centres(1) increased to 2.8 per cent in October 2009 from 2.2 per cent in October 2008, according to the Rental Market Survey released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

“Demand for rental housing in Canada decreased due to slower growth in youth employment and improved affordability of homeownership options”, said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “Rental construction and competition from the condominium market also added upward pressure on vacancy rates.”

Between October 2008 and September 2009, 15,657 rental units and 45,655 condominium units were completed in Canada’s 35 major centres. Condominiums are a relatively inexpensive type of housing for renters moving to home ownership. Also, some condominium apartments are owned by investors who rent them out.

Read the full press release “National rental vacancy rate increases in October 2009“, December 16 2009.

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