With about 1,000 units of rentals coming to downtown Victoria alone over the next 1-4 years, how will this impact the condo rental market? Have you noticed any decline in interest or a watering down of good renters since the half dozen downtown rental projects that have completed over the last two years? I'm sure there have been about 400 units or so since 2013.
And yes, the article. I'll jump on that!
Tough to say with certainty. It will certainly increase the supply; however, bringing more people downtown will make it a more vibrant place to live and potentially even more attractive.
There is a fairly big difference in terms of quality of finishings between buildings built as apartments and condos; therefore, I think there will always be a niche market for renting a condo over an apartment.
1000 rental units coming to market also means there is 1000 less condos coming to market and on top of that we are going to have nothing completed coming to market at all in the next 18 months. Duet only has 8 units left, Era is soon to be sold out, Promontory has a couple of units left, Union is sold out, Janion only has a few units, etc.
The rental boom could restrict condo supply to the point where we some some condo price appreciation downtown?