Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

December 13, 2012 08:15 ET

Vacancy Rate Increases in Nova Scotia in 2012

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2012) - According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Fall Rental Market Survey, the overall vacancy rate in Nova Scotia increased to 3.4 per cent in October 2012 from 2.7 per cent last year.

"The overall vacancy rate in Nova Scotia's urban centres increased in 2012," said Matthew Gilmore, senior market analyst with CMHC`s Atlantic Business Centre. "In Halifax, steady demand for rental was not enough to offset increases in new supply resulting in higher vacancies this year," added Gilmore. "In other parts of the province, out-migration patterns led to reduced demand and put upward pressure on vacancy rates in 2012," said Gilmore.

The Halifax Census Metropolitan Area, which is home to 84 per cent of the province's rental units, saw the vacancy rate increase from 2.4 per cent to 3.0 per cent this year. In Truro, the second largest rental market, vacancies climbed to 5.8 per cent from 4.2 per cent in 2011. In New Glasgow, the vacancy rate increased to 4.3 per cent in 2012 from 2.8 per cent last year. Vacancies in Cape Breton and Kentville remained statistically unchanged in 2012 at 3.8 and 5.5 per cent, respectively.

The average rent for a two-bedroom unit in Halifax was $954 per month in 2012. Truro saw the next highest two-bedroom rent at $772 followed by Cape Breton and Kings Subdivision A. at $712 and $683 per month, respectively. The lowest average two-bedroom rents were in Kentville and New Glasgow at $656 and $655, respectively.

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Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Matthew Gilmore
    Cell: 902-499-4382

    Media Contact:
    Caroline Arsenault
    Cell: 902-452-4448