Looking to rent an apartment or home and finding options limited and costs rising quickly?
A new study seems to confirm earlier studies that suggest Airbnb and other short-term rental services are the cause.
The latest report from McGill University in Montreal says some 31,000 homes across Canada were rented out so often that it effectively removed them from the long-term rental market.
One rental operator notes that owners can make more money with short term rentals.
The effect of having reduced long term rentals available is an increase in rents.
A study by RateSupermarket.ca showed that 44 per cent of Canadians spend more that a third of their income on rent, and 15 per cent spend more than half their income for rent.
An earlier report also from McGill professor David Wachsmuth directly cited Airbnb as being responsible for a $380 median increase in rents in New York. Quoted in the Globe and Mail he said, “The more Airbnb activity you see in a city, the higher housing prices and the higher rents are going to get. There’s no question that [Canadian] cities are now past that point.”
Several cities have begun to enact rules to reign in short term rentals such as Barcelona, New York, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, in an effort to keep rental prices down and places available and to recover taxes lost through short term rentals. In Canada Vancouver has taken similar measures and Toronto is expected to enact new regulations this summer, while Quebec has said rental operators must register.
- Blog TO: L O’Neil: Jun 20/19:Airbnb means higher rents
- Globe and Mail: Cordoso/Lundy: Jun 20/19: Airbnb likely removed 31,000 homes from rental market
- McGill U: press release : Airbnb removing rental housing in Canada
- McGill UpGo: D Wachsmuth: Jun 20/19: Short term rentals in Canada-First comprehensive overview
- Toronto Storeys: I Khoo: Jun 20/19: Airbnb making Toronto rental market worse
- McGill UpGo: Wachsmuth et al: Aug 2017: Short term cities: Airbnb effect on Canadian housing markets
- Harvard Business Review: Barron/Kung/Proserpio: Apr 17/18: When Airbnb listings increase, so do rent prices