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Canadian Bank Survey Reveals Interesting Landlord Statistics

More than one quarter of Canadian homeowners are landlords

Back in May, CIBC published a survey entitled So… you wanna be a landlord? Tax considerations for rental properties. The report outlines tax considerations for homeowners who have rental income or are planning to earn it. According to report, more than one in four Canadian homeowners are either already landlords (15%) or plan to earn rental income (11%) by renting out space in their primary residence or from a separate rental property. And, nearly two in five (37%) homeowners say they’d opt for a home with a source of rental income if buying a home today. To quote the report directly – “The income and tax benefits from renting a property or space in a home are worth the headache.”

The poll found that homeowners with a separate rental property earn on average $2,189 per month—50% more than their monthly costs. Those who rent out space in their home reduce their housing costs by as much as 70%. Seventy-four percent of landlords believe the benefits of tax deductions make owning an investment property a good investment even if it carries a negative cash flow. A third of all landlords who own a separate rental property say their top reason to invest is to generate income now (15%) or upon retirement (19%).

The poll findings reveal that Canadians aged 18-34 are more likely to be landlords than any other age group.  Almost half (47 per cent) of millennial homeowners are already landlords, compared to only 29 per cent of homeowners aged 35-54 and 12 per cent of those aged 55 and over.

Twice as many millennial homeowners than baby boomers say that if they bought a home today they would choose one with a source of rental income.

Read the report here.

Author: Chris Saracino

Chris is a co-founder of Renting Well and heads up our marketing and communication efforts. He's also the landlord of two buildings and 8 units in Ottawa, Ontario.

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