Going away with friends or couples for a few days during the summer is one of the most popular activities to do. There are many different things every group looks for, but most of us just want a place that's not super expensive and comes with gorgeous water views. We're fortunate to live in a province that's full of incredible waterfront properties you can rent. And, best of all, if you split the cost of your stay, you'll find that there are a ton of affordable Quebec Airbnbs.
Whenever I'm looking to rent a chalet, I try and make sure it's a waterfront property as I love taking a dip on a hot summer's day, without needing to travel too far from where I'm staying.
Instead of you going through listings, we wanted to make your life easier and decided to show you seven incredible spots in the province for you to rent this summer.
Each of the following properties is both affordable and overlooking the water, making each of them pretty perfect for an escape if you ask me.
This dream home is just $200 per night and has enough space for six people to stay, making it a steal! The giant balcony that overlooks the water is what million-dollar views are made of; however, there's just a much, much cheaper price tag!
While the other major Canadian cities saw extraordinary fluctuations in the cost of rental properties after a chaotic year, Montreal's market remained hot.
Year-over-year rents are down 2.2% in the Montreal CMA, according to a report from Rentals.ca and Bullpen Research & Consulting. But looking more closely, this has not resulted in savings for apartment dwellers.
While the average rent for a condo declined 5.4% to $1,895 per month between May 2020 and May 2021, the average rent for an apartment increased 1.3% to $1,634 per month.
For comparison, Rentals.ca said the average apartment rent in May 2019 was $1,354.
Furthermore, the report showed, "the average rent per square foot for rental apartments experienced a 16.4% annual increase, moving from $2.08 psf in May 2020 up to $2.42 psf in May 2021."
The report predicts rents will continue to rise as the pandemic-battered economy begins to recover: "As the vaccine becomes more readily available, and the country starts to open up again, the recent increase in monthly rental rates across the country suggest a slow return to normalcy in Canada," it concluded.
"As the borders open to further immigration, international students and tourism, rental rates are expected to continue to rise. The fall of 2021 could be a busy season for landlords."
"Ads that openly refuse children or people on social assistance, landlords who no longer want to rent when they see that the applicant is an immigrant or newly arrived in Quebec, pre-rental surveys that ask for illegal information: it's really the wild west for tenants who are looking for housing," said Marjolaine Deneault, spokesperson for the RCLALQ.
The RCLALQ noted that, in the absence of punitive measures for landlords who discriminate against tenants, the phenomenon could continue to grow in a rental market where affordable housing is scarce, and where rental practices are constantly changing.
Just a short walk away from some of the best galleries, cafes and boutiques that the city has to offer, just imagine spending your weekend perusing all of the art and culture the city has to offer at your fingertips.
A new study conducted by the Quebec Landlords Corporation (CORPIQ) reveals that Montreal's apartment rental vacancy rate "exploded" during the pandemic. According to the CORPIQ, a high vacancy rate ought to be good news for renters looking for a new place to live.
Landlords, however, might experience some difficulties re-renting their apartments during the pandemic, the Corporation says.
Rental vacancy rate in Montreal in December 2020
"The pandemic and the economic crisis it is causing are particularly affecting the rental of housing in Montreal," said Hans Brouillette, CORPIQ's director of public affairs.
The Corporation noted that a rising vacancy rate also affects rent prices in Montreal, stating that "the average annual growth in rents in Quebec was 1.9% in 2019, but it fell back to as little as 1.2% in 2020."
Recentreports from Rentals.ca, meanwhile, have shown that average rental prices in Montreal have continued to increase this year — in contrast to other Canadian cities.
This isn't the case in all areas of Montreal, though.
A December report from Rentals.ca showed that some neighbourhoods in the East End and Saint-Laurent, for example, have seen year-over-year rent increases as high as 29% and 38%, respectively.
Meanwhile, parts of Ville-Marie and Westmount have seen as much as a 25% and 38% decrease.
CORPIQ claimed that the rental stock overall is deteriorating due "to underinvestment caused by an overly restrictive rent setting method."