HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 12, 2013) - The rental apartment vacancy rate1 in Nova Scotia's urban centres2 was 3.7 per cent in October, 2013, up from 3.4 per cent in October, 2012 according to the Fall Rental Market Survey released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

"A number of factors impacted the rental market in Nova Scotia in 2013. In Halifax, increased supply more than offset incremental demand and pushed the vacancy rate up to 3.2 per cent this year," said Tim Andrews, CMHC's Market Analyst in Halifax. "In other parts of the province, weakening levels of employment combined with net-out migration to reduce demand for rental units and increase vacancies," added Andrews.

On the basis of a sample of structures common to both the 2012 and 2013 surveys3, the average two-bedroom rent increased by 1.1 per cent in Nova Scotia.

Most urban centres registered higher or relatively unchanged vacancy rates. The lowest vacancy rates were in Kings Subd. A and Halifax.

Rental Market data is also available in English and French at the following link: Fall Rental Market Report

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1The survey is based on privately-initiated rental apartment structures of three or more units.

2Urban centres defined as centres with a population of 10,000 or more.

3Year-over-year comparisons of average rents can be slightly misleading because rents in newly built structures tend to be higher than in existing buildings. Excluding new structures and focusing on structures existing in both the October 2012 and October 2013 surveys provides a better indication of actual rent increases paid by tenants.

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Contact Information:

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Tim Andrews, Market Analyst
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