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You can choose to purchase the property you live in, or you can choose to rent it. Renting is where you pay the property owner, known as the landlord, a monthly fee in exchange for the right to live on the property.
Rental payments differ greatly depending on where you live in Canada. In general, rental payments are much higher in large cities like Toronto or Vancouver than they are in smaller cities like Saskatoon or Red Deer. This article will teach you how much you should spend on rent, what affects the cost of rent, other costs to consider when renting, and how to pay rent.
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How Much Should You Spend on Rent?
The general rule is that your debt-to-income ratio should ideally be no more than 36% of your monthly gross income, but can go as high as 43%. Of that, housing costs should be no more than 30% of your monthly gross income. This cost includes utilities, rent, and municipal services. For example, if you have a monthly gross income of $5,000, your housing costs should be no more than $1,500 (5,000X30%).That would leave you with $300 – $650 for other debts.
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Average Cost of Rent in Canada
|1 Bedroom||2 Bedrooms|
|Montreal – QC||$1,420||$1,860|
|Quebec City – QC||$928||$1,201|
|Gatineau – QC||$1,227||$1,518|
|Vancouver – BC||$1,855||$2,635|
|Richmond – BC||$1,730||$2,082|
|Burnaby – BC||$1,676||$2,186|
|Victoria – BC||$1,537||$2,059|
|New Westminster – BC||$1,511||$1,852|
|Surrey – BC||$1,403||$1,744|
|Toronto – ON||$1,832||$2,416|
|Ottawa – ON||$1,565||$1,993|
|Mississauga – ON||$1,816||$2,112|
|Etobicoke – ON||$1,786||$2,224|
|York – ON||$1,726||$2,216|
|North York – ON||$1,721||$2,103|
|Vaughan – ON||$1,667||$2,032|
|Scarborough – ON||$1,628||$1,901|
|Hamilton – ON||$1,485||$2,111|
|Brampton – ON||$1,535||$1,818|
|Calgary – AB||$1,178||$1,470|
|LIoydminster – AB||$742||$896|
|Edmonton – AB||$1,027||$1,262|
|Red Deer – AB||$930||$1,000|
|Grand Prairie – AB||$985||$1,154|
|Lethbridge – AB||$950||$1,106|
|Regina – SK||$925||$1,140|
|Saskatoon – SK||$892||$1,075|
|St. John’s – NL||$883||$1,125|
|Winnipeg – MB||$1,152||$1,432|
|Halifax – NS||$1,459||$1,987|
What Affects The Cost of Rent in Canada?
Several factors affect the cost of rent in Canada:
- Housing Affordability – The higher the cost of housing, the higher a property will cost to rent. A landlord will want to charge more for what is considered to be more valuable property.
- Interest Rate – The higher mortgage interest rates are, the higher a property will cost to rent. A landlord will need to charge more to cover the property’s mortgage payments.
- Supply and Demand – The more properties that are available to rent, the lower the cost of rent. The fewer properties that are available to rent, the higher the cost of rent.
- Overall Market – Depending on the area you live in, the condition of the economy can affect rental prices. As seen with the Covid-19 pandemic, rental prices in the downtown areas have decreased as more people fled to the suburbs or outskirts of the city.
Other Costs to Consider When Renting
Besides everyday living expenses like food and entertainment, you need to consider:
- Tenant’s Insurance – Tenant’s insurance is a good option if you live in an apartment or rent your home from someone else. You should have enough insurance to cover the cost of replacing everything in your home. It can also pay for any loss from or damage to where you live.
- Security Deposit – Some landlords require you to pay a security deposit before moving in. A security deposit is an upfront payment renters need to make to cover expenses like cleaning, repairs and even unpaid after they move out. It is usually equal to one month’s rent but varies across Canada.
- Utilities – You must pay utilities every month, such as electricity, heating, water, and internet, and cable.
- Outfitting Your Place – There are several living costs you must pay when you move in. Your residence requires furniture, lights, bedding, and other things you need to live comfortably.
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How do You Pay Rent in Canada?
You are responsible for paying rent when it’s due. A rental payment is how much the landlord is charging you to stay on the premises for one month. Landlords can choose to be paid by cash, cheque, or bank transfer.
Learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Each province and territory treats late payments differently. Although penalties for late payments are up to the discretion of the landlord, landlords can generally impose a reasonable financial penalty, offer a grace period of up to 3 days, or provide a notice to terminate the rental agreement.
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Renting involves paying your landlord every month in exchange for them letting you live on their property. Rental payments are different across Canada, but generally, you should pay no more than 30% of your gross income on rent. Several factors, including housing affordability and the overall real estate market, can affect how much your rental payment is. Besides rent, there are other costs to consider, such as tenant’s insurance. As long as you budget properly, live within your means, and pay your rent on time, you should have no trouble renting property anywhere in Canada.
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