Latest Metro Vancouver Data Confirms Ongoing Rental Shortages: A recent news statement says that Metro Vancouver’s updated Housing Data Book shows important problems in the local housing market, such as low renting vacancies and rising rents. The resource is a collection of a lot of regional and local housing data that is available for free to policymakers, academics, the media, and the public.
Latest Metro Vancouver Data Confirms Ongoing Rental Shortages
The number of empty rental units in 2022 stayed well below the healthy 3% mark. This caused rents to go up by an average of 8% for purpose-built rentals and 6% for rental condos.
There aren’t many family-sized rental units available, even though the number of rental houses and purpose-built rentals has gone up a little.
The rate of building homes in the region, mostly condos and flats with multiple units, is not keeping up with demand. It’s possible that the number of non-market housing units went up by 1% between 2022 and 2023, adding 46,512 units, or 4% of all the homes in the area.
Also, the number of homes on the BC Housing social housing waitlist has grown by 27%, reaching 18,865. Families and adults are the ones who need housing the most. The Housing Data Book has been around since 2009 and is updated on a regular basis. It collects information from many places, such as Statistics Canada, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and area real estate groups.
George Harvie, chair of the Metro Vancouver board, says that the book is important because it helps people make decisions and create policies that will help fix the problems in the housing market and make it more diverse and reasonable.